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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 09:00 PM

5. I'm not entirely sure of how Ms. Digon is spinning this trial.

The original paper is here: The Effects of Four Doses of Vitamin D Supplements on Falls in Older Adults It's rather brief, and the sample size is relatively small, particularly since there were several cohorts at different dose levels. It's questionable how much statistical power this clinical trial really has.

There is considerable evidence that Vitamin D ameliorates the symptoms of Covid-19, which is a great threat to the elderly.

For example (among many): Association of Vitamin D Status and Other Clinical Characteristics With COVID-19 Test Results Meltzer et al JAMA Network Open. 2020;3(9):e2019722. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.19722.

I qualify as a senior citizen and I do take Vitamin D, because I'm working and there is a potential, increasingly, for Covid exposure.

I recommend that all Senior Citizens take it, at least in the recommended doses.

As Drs. Adrian R Martineau, Nita G Forouhi argue in The Lancet, Diabetes and Endocrinology VOLUME 8, ISSUE 9, P735-736, SEPTEMBER 01, 2020:

Pending results of such trials, it would seem uncontroversial to enthusiastically promote efforts to achieve reference nutrient intakes of vitamin D, which range from 400 IU/day in the UK to 600800 IU/day in the USA. These are predicated on benefits of vitamin D for bone and muscle health, but there is a chance that their implementation might also reduce the impact of COVID-19 in populations where vitamin D deficiency is prevalent; there is nothing to lose from their implementation, and potentially much to gain.

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