Nurses give recommendations for maintaining vitamin D levels during confinement

Nurses give recommendations for maintaining vitamin D levels during confinement

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The Collegiate Organization of Nursing (CGE) has offered a series of recommendations to increase and maintain vitamin D levels, such as exposing yourself to sunlight for about 20 minutes a day, outdoors or near a window, and eating foods rich in this substance, such as eggs, dairy products, blue fish or avocado.


“With a large part of the population still confined to their homes, especially the elderly, from the Collegiate Organization of Nursing we return to do a public service exercise, this time on the importance of increasing and maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D, which it is so vital for the regulation of our immune system. A vitamin that needs the sun for its synthesis and activation “, explains its president, Florentino Pérez Raya.

As reflected in the infographic and animated video that have been produced, numerous scientific studies show that an adequate level of vitamin D favors protection against viral respiratory infections, regulates the inflammatory system in pregnancy, improves the symptoms of the syndrome of irritable bowel and is beneficial in patients with breast cancer. It is also responsible for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and is essential for the formation of bones and the control of the nervous and muscular systems.

On the other hand, vitamin D deficiency may pose an increased risk of renal carcinoma. It is also associated with increased complications in HIV patients and may lead to an increased risk of skin conditions in systemic sclerosis. It has even been related to Covid-19, studies have been carried out at the University of Turin (Italy) in which it has been observed that geriatric patients with Covid-19 had low levels of vitamin D.

“Although it cannot be affirmed that vitamin D prevents Covid-19, it is true that this essential substance at the appropriate levels, has many beneficial properties for the body. Among them, the strengthening of the immune system, making white blood cells mature earlier, hence it is very beneficial for infectious processes by fungi, viruses or bacteria, “they detail.

Since vitamin D needs ultraviolet radiation from the sun for activation, the first thing recommended by the College of Nursing Organization is exposure to sunlight for approximately 20 minutes daily and, if not possible outdoors, at less, being near a window.

To maintain “adequate levels, you can eat foods that are rich in vitamin D such as eggs, dairy products, avocado or blue fish, but without exceeding the recommended amounts so as not to cause other health problems, especially in people with obesity. ” “It may also be necessary to take vitamin supplements, but always under sanitary prescription,” they emphasize. Finally, it is remembered that older people need a greater daily contribution.


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