Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who have sufficient levels of vitamin D show significant reductions in severe outcomes and a lower risk of death compared with insufficient levels, new research shows.
“This study provides direct evidence that vitamin D sufficiency can reduce the complications including the cytokine storm and ultimately death from COVID-19,” said senior author Michael F. Holick, MD, PhD, of Boston University School of Medicine, Massachusetts, in a press statement from his institution.
The research examines hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19 in Iran, and Holick worked with lead researcher Zhila Maghbooli, MD, of the Tehran University of Medical Sciences, and colleagues, on the study, which was published in PLoS One.
The findings come on the heels of another recently published study, in which Holick and his team found that people with sufficient vitamin D levels in the United States had as much as a 54% reduced risk of getting infected with COVID-19.
Although this latest research adds to a plethora of data on the potential role of vitamin D in COVID-19, many questions and caveats remain, commented E. Michael Lewiecki, MD.
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