Scots Need Vitamin D

April 2021: “ScotsneedvitaminD” sent a Brief COVID19 and Vitamin D March 2021 pdf to all MSPs advising 4000 IU for all adults (not 400 IU) to help improve vitamin D stores to help immune system to fight Covid-19.

April 2021: Irish government health committee recommends for all adults to take at least 1000 IU vitamin D supplement and this to be supplied at Covid test centres

March 2021, a systematic review analysed 39 studies, all concerning vitamin D blood levels and Covid-19 outcomes: “most of them indicated a significant relation between 25(OH)D and SARS-CoV-2 infection, COVID-19 composite severity, and mortality. “

February 2021 Lancet reports of a study from Barcelona:  80% reduced ICU admissions and 60% reduced mortality (!!) when patients were given the activated vitamin D (Calcifediol) on admission to a Covid-19 ward

February 2021 Several groups of experts and physicians have produced statements to alert the world about vitamin D

January 2021 Superb review of lastest evidence and common sense “We cannot wait for perfect evidence”

11/12/20 Dynamite! More than 220 scientists signed a letter calling for vitamin D to fight Covid-19: to reach blood levels of 75nmol/l (30ng/ml) or, without testing, to take 2000 – 4000 IU

29/11/20 Let’s repeat: Black Lives Matter! Most people with dark skin types living in the UK are very vitamin D-deficient. Here is the sad statistic of UK doctors who died in the UK of Covid-19, described by Dr. David Grimes

25/11/20 Interview with conservative MP David Davies gives a very balanced viewpoint on evidence, safety, reasoning and why a big dose of vitamin D should be recommended in this pandemic, bigger than existing out-of-date recommendation of 400 IU.

23/10/20 Consultant physician Dr. David Grimes (ret) from Manchester wrote a sharp but appropriate critique on NICE who appear to sleep!

10/10/20 short overview about all evidence by Karl Pfleger, US, and from Gordon Shotwell, Canada

1/10/20 Four experts summarise evidence a video talk

26/9/20 Spanish randomised controlled trial showed huge difference in ICU admissions and deaths between the “Normal treatment plus vitamin D” group and “normal treatment only” group in hospital admitted patients for Covid19. There were 76 patients enrolled, it is just repeated in a larger sample.

26/9/20 from the US  great study revealed an independent association between vitamin D sufficiency [25(OH)D ≥ 30 ng/mL] and decreased risk of adverse clinical outcomes from COVID-19. Equivalent UK measurement is 75 nmol/l of the vitamin D blood level.

26/9/20 also from US a large study, looking at more than 190,000 patients with recent vitamin D-tests and their risks to become infected. Just look at the graphs, and then think that the majority of people in Scotland have D-blood level below 20 ng/ml! (US measure is ng/ml, here this would be 50 nmol/l)

5/9/20 Great summary about all arguments and evidence why vitamin D helps with Covid19

19/8/20 Dynamite! Most comprehensive excellent review of all evidence to date about how sufficient vitamin D can prevent Covid19 infection and severity here

5/8/20 “Immune resilience can be achieved in Scotland by implementing a vitamin D supplementation program” email from Helga Rhein to First Minister, Health Minister, CMO, Public Health Consultants

7/7/20 You can read the latest overview on why vitamin D could make a difference to Covid outcomes HERE

6/6/20 Health and mortality are linked to a SUFFICIENT D-blood level. People of colour should have bloods checked, then take D-supplement to reach at least 75 nmol/l. It’s the BLOOD LEVEL which needs checking, not just advising 10mcg for all. To ignore this fact could be regarded as racism! Today we shout Black Lives Matter!

6/5/20 our main recommendation for Scottish Government and all Scottish health boards is:
1. Test all hospital COVID-19 admissions for vitamin D deficiency.
2. Give all old folk care home residents and their carers the NHS max safe dose of vitamin D:
100 mcg (4000 IU) daily

For more evidence please read on, summary from 11/5/20 here

A famous Harvard Professor says this on 12/5/20

21/5/20 superb summary here of 7 studies linking  covid severity with low vitamin D levels

27/5/20 article in Scottish Reviews is here

6/6/20 letter To politicians and public health

9/6/20 Reply to Scot Gov 9:6:20

So, why not trying to get blood levels up? It is very safe! Might be life saver!

Average blood level in Scotland: 37nmol/l

Mild outcome of Covid-19: above 75 nmol/l

Researchers advise minimum 75 – 100 nmol/l