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Vitamin D May Reduce Coronavirus Risk

Mar 31, 2020 03:03PM ● By Amber McKenzie

In an article posted on FoxNews.com former CDC Chief Dr. Tom Frieden shares that higher blood levels of vitamin D may reduce one’s risk of coronavirus infection. Frieden writes, “Higher COVID-19 mortality rates among older people and those with chronic conditions suggest that a weakened immune system contributes to poor outcomes. There are many crackpot claims about miracle cures floating around, but the science supports the possibility—although not the proof—that Vitamin D may strengthen the immune system, particularly of people whose vitamin D levels are low.”

The article goes on to suggest that more than 40 percent of U.S. adults may be deficient in vitamin D—especially those residing in northern states—and that vitamin D supplementation may help. “Most daily multivitamin supplements contain enough vitamin D—though it’s possible to take too much, so it’s important not to overdose. How much is enough? Doses between 800 IU and 2000 IU are probably safe; a reasonable and commonly used dose is 1000 IU a day. Too much vitamin D can cause nausea and vomiting, weakness and frequent urination, and lead to bone pain and kidney stones. Vitamin D can also interact with certain medications, so you should check for interactions before taking supplements.”

Because most people’s bodies manufacture vitamin D when exposed to direct sunlight, Frieden suggests spending at least 15 minutes a day outdoors in the sun while following safe social distancing guidelines. In addition, he adds that getting regular exercise, enough sleep, and eating healthy are other measures we can follow to help strengthen our resistance to COVID-19.

For full article, visit FoxNews.com/opinion/former-cdc-chief-tom-frieden-coronavirus-risk-may-be-reduced-with-vitamin-d.

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