Coping from a friend’s FB post and comments

Lila Freeman Roberts December 25, 2020 at 7:19 PM

Post: Take your vitamin D folks. “nine out of 10 COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented if people had adequate Vitamin D levels” “if you’re hospitalized for COVID, they’re automatically putting you on between 20,000 and 60,000 units of Vitamin D. This is part of their standard of care protocol in that hospital system” I took 15K units this morning. I guess I’ll up it to 20K. Staying inside so much probably makes us more likely to have low vitD. mani Comment: I have uncharacteristically low vitamin D – one of the issues a lot of folks with breast cancer have prior to diagnosis and it continues afterward. I already take 80,000 IUs per week just to stay in a normal range. I wonder what the “recommended” level of vitamin D is in the age of COVID.

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Comment: My endocrinologist says the normal range isn’t good enough because the low end of the reference range is too low. She wants it to be around 60 (whatever the units are). Mine was last just over 30. I think VitaminD is overlooked for most oldish folks—it has never been a routine part of my annual bloodwork until I went to an endo for hypothyroidism.


Coronavirus update

It’s important to take vitamin D as you may have been indoors more than usual this year.

You should take 10 micrograms (400 IU) of vitamin D a day between October and early March to keep your bones and muscles healthy.

There have been some reports about vitamin D reducing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). But there is currently not enough evidence to support taking vitamin D to prevent or treat coronavirus.

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Good sources of vitamin D

From about late March/early April to the end of September, most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need from sunlight.

The body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin when outdoors.

But between October and early March, we do not get enough vitamin D from sunlight.

Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods.

Sources include:

  • sea food
  • red meat
  • liver
  • egg yolks
  • fortified foods