IAGG RECOMMENDS VITAMIN D FOR THE PREVENTION OF COVID-19 IN OLDER ADULTS
PREVENTION OF COVID-19 IN OLDER ADULTS: A BRIEF GUIDANCE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS (IAGG) ASIA/OCEANIA REGION
Increasing Vitamin D Levels for the elderly to combat Covid-19 was recently cited by the International Association of Gerontology Asia and Oceania Region as an important measure to reduce the .
The IAGG guidance references “Getting enough sunlight in the morning may provide Vitamin D, which may reduce the risk of infection in older adults with sub-optimal levels of Vitamin D”(10)
Research and correlation data on Covid 19 and Low Vitamin D is increasingly pointing to a connection between low vitamin D levels and the increased risks in severity and mortality. Especially in the elderly, infirmed, imprisoned, pre-diabetics, diabetics, obese and in dark skinned ethnicities with insufficient and/or deficient vitamin D levels.
90 Percent of our Vitamin D comes from the Sun…or the ultraviolet B (UVB) rays of sunlight to be more precise. If you are unable to get adequate amounts of “Safe Sun” exposure to increase vitamin D levels, Please consider vitamin D supplementation of 10,000 IU/day to increase blood serum levels to a minimum of 40ng/mL for the best possible effects and results.
J Nutr Health Aging. 2020
© Serdi and Springer-Verlag International SAS, part of Springer Nature
- National Clinical Research Center for Geriatric Disorders, Xuanwu Hospital of Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
- Nepalese Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics
- National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Japan
- The Future Life and Society Research Center, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Republic of Korea
- Sri Lankan Association of Geriatric Medicine
- Indonesian Geriatric Society
- Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. Corresponding author: Dr. Jagadish
Key words: COVID-19, coronavirus, older adults, elderly.
(10) Grant WB, Lahore H, McDonnell SL, Baggerly CA, French CB, Aliano JL, Bhattoa HP. Evidence that Vitamin D Supplementation Could Reduce Risk of Influenza and COVID-19 Infections and Deaths. Nutrients 2020;12:988.