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A 31-year-old male asked:

Does vitamin d deficiency cause severe covid hospitalization?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
COVID 19: Studies have shown that in some countries where low vitamin D levels appear to be more prevalent that there can be higher COVID 19 mortality rates. However, I can answer your question definitively. REF: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(20)30183-2/fulltext
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Best if adequate: There seems to be some disagreement amongst physicians regarding Vitamin D and COVID-19. To be safest, recommend taking supplements, about 800-2000 units of D-3 daily. Check serum levels, usually best above 30 ng/ml, but could be adequate as high as 50-70 ng/ml. To discuss further, a HT virtual consultation may be helpful.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What to do if i was recently diagnosed with severe vitamin d deficiency. What could be causing this?

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Dr. Amy Levine
Radiology 23 years experience
Many things: Vitamin d can be ingested (in milk/ supplements) and can be created in your skin via sun exposure. The latter is becoming less common as most of us use sunscreen! vit d plays a vital role in bone density and woman are at increased risk for osteoporosis. Peak bone density is at age 35. Got milk? Increase milk intake, use supplements as necessary, and increase weight bearing exercise to build bone.
Dr. Alvin Stein
Dr. Alvin Stein commented
Pain Management 60 years experience
Vit d additive in food is the poorest form of vit d and hardly worthwhile. Sun exposure requies the fatty acids in the skin to convert to vit d in the body, but washing with soap and water after sun exposure renders the fatty acid inactive and worthless. Need to use VIT D 3 as the proper form of vit d and the levels should be in the hight 80 to 90s to get best results.most people have levels in the teens to 20s.
May 26, 2013
A 42-year-old member asked:

What causes severe vitamin d deficiency?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Diet/sun exposure: Not enough vitamin d, either through diet or sunlight exposure.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can anyone tell me what causes a vitamin d deficiency?

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Dr. John Tang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Vitamin D deficiency: Normally lack of exposure to sunlight. This can be accentuated by the fact we are now also covering our bodies with more clothing and sunscreen to prevent skin cancer. In addition, lack of vit d in our diets or poor absorption of vitamin d. Foods normally don't have much vitamin d but some foods that our high in vit d include wild salmon, mackerel, eggs, liver.
Hesperia, CA
A 61-year-old female asked:

What problems may be caused by a vitamin D deficiency?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Depends.: Depends upon age. VIt D deficiency in children produces Rickets - a marked softening of the bones with bone pain and "bow legs." Other Sx include motor delay, poor growth, and increased susceptibility to infections. In adults Vit D deficiency generally causes no symptoms but if severe and protracted causes bone pain, fractures, muscle weakness, and difficulty walking.

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