The pandemic has made all of us reevaluate what it means to be healthy. From a mantra of eating right and working out to social distancing, personal protective equipment, and mental health, we are looking for new ways to stay healthy and protect ourselves from COVID-19.
Many of us already know that sunlight is one of the best ways to help the body produce vitamin D. The body absorbs the sun’s rays and converts this into the nutrient, which is known for strengthening both bones and muscles. But what if vitamin D levels could do more during this time? Several studies indicate that it might.
The United Press International (UPI) cites a study conducted by JAMA Network Open, finding that “Vitamin D deficiency increases a person’s risk for catching COVID-19 by 77% compared to those with sufficient levels of the nutrient.” Furthermore, as many as 25% of the participants in the study tested with a vitamin D level that is less than ideal and of those who were deficient, 22% developed COVID-19.
What can you do?
A simple blood draw provides invaluable information about an individual’s current health status. Adding a vitamin D test requires no additional effort. If the level is low, an individual’s physician may recommend spending some time outside in the sun safely, diet change or supplements.
Don’t wait! With nearly 4 out of 10 Americans reporting that they avoided medical care due to concerns related to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever for individuals to know their health risks so they can take action. Contact a CHC representative for more information on our flexible screening options so you can get started.