The influence of vitamin-C intake on blood glucose measurements in COVID-19 pandemic

  • Zaid Mahdi Jaber Al-Obaidi Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, University of Alkafeel, Al-Najaf, Iraq
  • Yasmeen Ali Hussain Department of Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy, University of Alkafeel, Al-Najaf, Iraq
  • Alaa A Ali Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Ahlulbait University, Karbala, Iraq
  • Mohammed Dakhil Al-Rekabi Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, University of Alkafeel, Al-Najaf, Iraq
Keywords: Vitamin C, Ascorbic Acid, Blood Glucose, COVID-19 Pandemic

Abstract

Introduction: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is declared as pandemic by the World Health Orgnazation (WHO) on March 2020. One of the heavily utilized measures during this pandemic is vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid). Unfortunately, vitamin C has been associated with glucose measurement interference and thus this study highlights the elevated levels of blood glucose correlated with the presence of vitamin C interference.

Methodology: Thirty samples were selected randomly and the blood glucose were measured prior and post the addition of spiked standard concentrations of vitamin C. The interference of vitamin C with glucose readings in COVID-19 pandemic were evaluated and observed employing the Auto Chemistry Analyzer machine.

Results: The addition of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) standards (spikes) into the isolated samples shows a correlated increment in the reading measures. Thereafter, the increments of Random Blood Sugar (RBS) readings after being spiked with the vitamin C standards shows a logarithmic correlation with good interesting R-squared (R2 = 0.9921).

Conclusions: The authors find that the presence of vitamin C in blood actively and significantly alters the glucose level readings especially with the highly consumption of vitamin C during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published
2021-03-07
How to Cite
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Al-Obaidi ZMJ, Hussain YA, Ali AA, Al-Rekabi MD (2021) The influence of vitamin-C intake on blood glucose measurements in COVID-19 pandemic. J Infect Dev Ctries 15:209-213. doi: 10.3855/jidc.13960
Section
Coronavirus Pandemic