A new Israeli study has shown that people with vitamin D deficiency are 20% more likely to die from COVID-19 disease than those patients who are not deficient in this important vitamin.
The study was conducted by scientists from Bar Ilan University and the Galilee Medical Center. The authors of the study believe they have proven for the first time that vitamin D deficiency affects the course of coronavirus disease and mortality.
Dr. Amir Bashkin, who was involved in the work, stated, “We know that people with low levels of vitamin D in their bodies died more often.”
He said 26% of the people who died had pre-infection vitamin D levels of 20 nanograms per milliter, times lower than the 3% of patients who had the disease normally.
“We found that low vitamin D levels were independently correlated with severe disease and mortality. If you’re going to face COVID-19 next time, perhaps in the next wave, you better have adequate vitamin D levels in your body,” the researchers say.
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