Are Menopausal Women more at risk of Covid 19?
Based on recent research about Covid 19 and marrying menopause research, the result suggest menopausal women may be at higher risk for Covid 19 and the more severe form.
In this article, I discuss the research and what you can do as a potential safeguard.
Let’s start 100 years ago. There was evidence from the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic that suggested sunlight helped patients. That suggests that Vitamin D is important to immunity and fighting pandemic viruses.
These days, we know from many research studies that vitamin D is critical to our health and our immunity. We know for instance that it is important for regulating several body functions including hormone balance, metabolism, blood pressure, bone density, fighting cancer, and immune function.
Many studies (1) have shown that Vitamin D is powerful for fighting infection and that lower levels of vitamin D were more likely to report upper respiratory tract infections, than those with sufficient levels of vitamin D.
Low levels of vitamin D have also been associated with upper and lower respiratory infections, heart disease, asthma, cancers, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, HIV, hypertension, inflammatory bowel disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other autoimmune diseases
A number of recent studies (2-5) have been published about Vitamin C, Vitamin D and K being potentially critical to fight Coronavirus. Both Vitamin D & K studies used actual data from SARS that found that Vitamin D and K may be critical to reduce the effects of Covid 19’s power. These are isolated studies, so caution should be exercised, but they do indicate that Vitamin C, D and K levels are critical to fighting Covid 19. The study links are below.
Basically, if you aren’t into reading science, the studies show that Serum 25 (OH)D levels were significant in terms of the severity of Covid SARS and likely to be indicative for Covid 19.
The results from the first study suggests that a lower levels of vitamin D were associated with more severe symptoms and higher levels were associated with less severe symptoms. Vitamin D, K2 and C are known to assist with immunity:
“[Vitamin D has] be proven to reduce risk of getting a common cold. It also enhances cellular immunity, modulates adaptive immunity, and enhances expression of antioxidation-related genes”.
The second study found:
- 😮 Vitamin D deficient cases (serum 25(OH)D of < 20 ng/ml) were approximately 19.12 times more likely to die from the disease
- 😮 Vitamin D insufficient cases (serum 25(OH)D of 21 – 29 ng/ml) were approximately 12.55 times more likely to die from the disease
We also know from research that it is estimated that 70-90% of people are deficient with vitamin D. More info here: https://worldvitamindday.net/
And we also know from many studies that menopausal women tend to have low levels of Vitamin D❗
Low Vitamin D and K are also associated with depression, and anxiety which are common in menopausal women. Menopausal women tend to have lower levels and need Vitamin D and K in general, so an argument could be made that you need to up your levels to make sure you are getting enough and able to fight covid 19.
You also need to up your Vitamin C to ensure proper absorption. At the moment, I am taking 3,000mg of high-quality practitioner level Vitamin C. PS – many vitamins over the counter do not have the stated dose when tested independently. So, if you do buy over the counter, do your homework on their independent lab testing!
🌞 Vitamin D is best from the sun on bare skin, no suntan lotion for about 20 minutes mid-morning. 🌞
However, some people can’t do this or don’t have sun often. The next alternative, that I like, is a Practitioner level Liposomal version (best for bioavailability) of D3/K2. Make sure any D3/4 you take has K2 in the formula as it is shown to be vital for bioavailability.
Now if you do get enough sunlight, and you are still low in Vitamin D then it is likely you have an absorption problem. I would up my vitamin C and take a D3/K2 liposomal product. I also recommend to my clients to do a proper Functional Gut test to help to identify what might be going on.
It is therefore now more critical than ever for ALL menopausal women regardless of stage need to get their levels of Vitamin D up into optimal levels (not minimum levels, optimal levels).
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