WASHINGTON – Patients with low levels of vitamin D who are hospitalized for COVID-19 may have a lower risk of dying or requiring mechanical ventilation if they receive vitamin D supplementation at least 1,000 units each week, according to a study presented almost at ENDO 2021, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society.
“Because vitamin D deficiency is common in the world and the United States, we believe this research is very relevant right now,” said co-author Sweta Chekuri, MD, of Montefiore Health System and College Albert Einstein’s cure in the Bronx, New York.
Research has shown that vitamin D supplementation can prevent inflammation in other respiratory diseases, but there have been few studies examining the role of vitamin D supplementation in COVID-19. The purpose of the study was to determine whether vitamin D uptake prior to hospital admission with COVID-19 resulted in less severe COVID-19 infection in patients with low vitamin D levels. .
The researchers studied 124 adult patients with low vitamin D measured up to 90 days before admission for COVID-19. They compared the patients admitted with at least 1,000 units of vitamin D per week with those who did not receive vitamin D medications in terms of whether they were mechanically ventilated or died at time to get in.
They found that recovered patients were less likely to be mechanically ventilated or die after admission, although the finding was not statistically significant (37.5 percent of undeveloped patients versus 33.3 percent of those who were) They also found that more than half of those who should have improved
“While we have not been able to show a definitive link to true COVID-19, it is clear that patients with low vitamin D intake should receive not only for bone health, but also for stronger protection against COVID-19 hard, ”said co-author Corinne Levitus, DO, of Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “We hope this research will encourage clinicians to consider adding this supplement to their patients with low vitamin D, as this may reduce the number of people developing COVID-19 hard. “
A study published in the Endocrine Society Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism last fall more than 80 percent of 200 COVID-19 patients in a Spanish hospital were found to be vitamin D deficient.
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