Low levels of vitamin D can cause more serious corona courses


With a low level of vitamin D, there is twice as high a risk of being hit harder by covid-19, study shows.

The level of vitamin D plays a role in how severe a course of covid-19 is.

This is shown in a study by researchers from the Statens Serum Institut (SSI) and Harvard University. This is what SSI writes in a press release.

Thus, citizens with a low level of vitamin D were hit harder by the virus than citizens who had a sufficient level of the vitamin.

According to the study, it can mean a lot if you have a sufficiently high level of vitamin D in your body when you become ill after infection with the coronavirus.

The risk of a more severe course of covid-19 was twice as great among those with vitamin D deficiency as among those infected who had higher levels of vitamin D.

According to Anders Hviid, who is a professor at SSI and one of the researchers behind the study, the result should not be taken as an invitation to start taking high doses of vitamin D.

– Our results support that we must ensure that we have optimal vitamin D levels as recommended by the Danish Health Authority. Neither more nor less, he says in the press release.

The Danish Health Authority recommends that children over the age of four and adults take a daily supplement of 5-10 micrograms of vitamin D in the period from October to April.

This is because the sun is the most important source of vitamin D. But in the winter, vitamin D is not produced in the skin at our latitudes.

Some groups – for example pregnant women, small children and people with dark skin – are recommended to take supplements of vitamin D all year round.

The study is based on blood samples from Denmark’s National Blood Bank, corona surveillance data from SSI and data from the Danish national patient register.

In the study, the researchers distinguish between different degrees of difficulty.

The mildest was not being hospitalized, while the most serious was death. In between was whether you were admitted to hospital and whether you ended up in an intensive care unit.

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