Vitamin D deficiency may increase your risk of contracting Covid-19
Many people may be familiar with Vitamin A, C, and E, but may not yet know how important Vitamin D is?
☀️Vitamin D is also known as Sunshine vitamin because it needs sunlight to synthesize. Sunlight plays an important role in stimulating the Precursor of Vitamin D (Pre-vitamin D) under the skin to become Vitamin D in the form that the body can use (Vitamin D3). In addition, Vitamin D is also present in foods such as milk, eggs, tofu, mushrooms, and fish, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines.
♦️Vitamin D is often forgotten when we talk about vitamins and supplements. But if you look at the research on this vitamin, You will find that its function is no less important than any other Vitamin. Most people are familiar with the abilities of Vitamin D in calcium absorption, Helps strengthen bones, but Vitamin D also plays an important role in enhancing the immune system of the body as well. It helps the body to get rid of foreign substances that invade the body such as viruses, bacteria, and cancer cells. There is also research that supports vitamin D to help fight various cancers such as colon cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.
🗓️ Recently, in the situation of the Covid-19 outbreak, a retrospective study (Cohort study) found that People with low blood levels of vitamin D are at higher risk of coronavirus infection than people with normal blood levels of vitamin D.
In addition, vitamin D also helps the brain to release serotonin, which has properties to reduce stress and depression is a scientific reason that helps explain why many people are in a good mood when going to the beach. It may not be because it just escapes the hustle and bustle of city life But because the body receives vitamin D from sunlight as well.
♦️How do we know if we are at risk of vitamin D deficiency?
Risks can be easily screened by observing lifestyle behaviors during this period. For example, if you work from home all the time, you rarely have a chance to go out in the sun. It is likely to be vitamin D lacking.
♦️Other risk groups are
– Elderly people (decrease in vitamin synthesis efficiency)
– People with liver disease, kidney disease (the main synthetic source has problems causing insufficient production)
– people with diabetes
– people with overweight
– People who regularly apply sunscreen
– People who are vegetarians or do not eat eggs, milk, meat, and fish.
People who are prone to low vitamin D or worried that they have low vitamin D should check the vitamin D level in the blood, which is an easy test. Get results quickly and accurately.
♦️ People with low Vitamin D can be treated by giving Vitamin D in the form of a customized supplement. This makes the treatment more effective compared to buying it and taking it yourself.
In addition to taking a daily vitamin D supplement, it is advisable to find time to go out in the sun for 10-15 minutes per day to stimulate the body to synthesize Vitamin D naturally too.
🧑⚕️ Article by Pavinee Maneepairoj, M.D.
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