Vitamin D, directly linked to the Covid-19 pandemic? This is what seems to indicate a study published on Tuesday. This, however, does not guarantee that vitamin D treatment is indicated for the treatment of the disease.
This is a study involving a panel of 216 patients with Covid-19. And results from researchers at the University of Cantabria in northern Spain show that as many as 82% of cases have unusually low levels of vitamin D. Published this Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the study also draws conclusions from these figures.
Vitamin D and the immune system
Vitamin D is a factor for good skeletal health and supports the proper functioning of the immune system. It is produced naturally by the body when exposed to the sun, although it can also be obtained through a diet rich in fish, eggs, mushrooms or cheese. As winter approaches, the body naturally accumulates reserves that will allow it to last until warm weather returns.
The elderly and debilitated generally have low levels of vitamin D, which makes them susceptible to external attacks. This explains some of the study figures (fragile people are more exposed to the virus), the other part is directly related to Covid-19 (the virus makes people fragile by reducing vitamin D levels)
Vitamins D, but not too much
But what conclusions can be drawn from these figures for the prevention and treatment of Covid-19? For Dr. Jose L. Hernдеndez, co-author of the study, said patients should be given vitamin supplements: “Vitamin D treatment should be recommended when the patient is deficient. “This approach can have beneficial effects on the musculoskeletal system, but also on immunity.”
Other experts disagree with this approach. Professor Carolyn Grieg of the University of Birmingham warned in Times India columns that “there is not enough evidence that vitamin D can act as a treatment against Covid-19, and over-indication should be avoided because it can be dangerous.”