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Vitamin D can reduce COVID severity: UAE study

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 9:23pm

By ARN News Staff

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New research in the UAE has found a strong link between COVID-19 patients’ Vitamin D levels and the severity of infection.

The study analysed samples of 522 UAE residents who tested positive for COVID-19.

It found that 59 per cent of patients with mild or severe Vitamin D deficiency suffered harsher COVID-19 symptoms.

Patients who had severe infection were older and more obese than others in the study.

The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH) is now encouraging the community to boost their vitamin D levels as a preventive tool against COVID-19 and boosting immunity during infection.

The study was conducted by Dr. Habiba Al Safar from Khalifa University Centre for Biotechnology, and Dr. Fatme Al Anouti, Associate Professor of Clinical Biochemistry at Zayed University.

Its findings are in accordance with earlier studies that have identified age, obesity and Vitamin D deficiency as established factors for COVID-19 infection.

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