Low Vitamin D Levels Tied to Higher Odds for Severe COVID

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Low blood levels of vitamin D might heighten people's odds for severe or even fatal COVID-19, new research shows.
By E.J. Mundell

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) --

Taking in a healthy level of vitamin D may therefore "reduce the complications, including the cytokine storm [release of too many proteins into the blood too quickly] and ultimately death from COVID-19," said study author Dr. Michael Holick. He's a professor of medicine, physiology, biophysics and molecular medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.

Vitamin D is called the "sunshine vitamin" because it's manufactured naturally by the skin upon contact with sunlight. But it can also be sourced through certain foods and supplements.

One respiratory health expert who wasn't involved in the study said the findings echo those of prior research.

"Several studies have brought to light that patients with vitamin D deficiency have a worse outcome in COVID-19," said pulmonologist and internist Dr. Len Horovitz, of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "This is not surprising since vitamin D seems to have a beneficial effect on the immune system and wound healing."

In the new study, Holick and his colleagues assessed vitamin D levels in blood samples from 235 hospitalized COVID-19…
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