Obesity May Lead to Vitamin D Deficiency
One More Reason Why You Need to Watch Your Weight
This particular study states that sunshine vitamin is inversely related to weight.
As a person becomes more obese, his vitamin D levels decline.
According to this British study, the body mass index, which is a measure of body fat, and vitamin D levels of 165,000 participants were measured. The collected data showed that an increase of 10 percent in BMI was linked to a drop of 4 percent in vitamin D concentrations in the body.
This BMI-vitamin D levels connection appear to be true among men and women, the young and the old.
The researchers noted that people who have a higher BMI have lower amounts of vitamin D circulating in their body. However, those who are deficient in vitamin D only see a minimal effect on BMI.
Trying to do something to address obesity could probably help solve the problem of vitamin D deficiency.
Many research studies have previously linked deficiency in vitamin D levels to obesity, however, there’s no clear statement as to which causes which. Does the lack of vitamin D trigger obesity or the other way around?
Importance of Vitamin D to Health
People need vitamin D to have healthy teeth and bones. Vitamin D is also essential for other body processes. The skin, with ample exposure to the sun, produces the vitamin D the body needs. Vitamin D may also be sourced from food and dietary supplements.
One of the main health concerns all over the world is vitamin D deficiency. Most messages that target this issue focus on the need for more sun exposure or the need to lessen sunscreen application. This study highlights the additional importance of controlling obesity to help resolve the issue on vitamin D deficiency.
People who are obese or overweight need to monitor their vitamin D levels and take steps to counter the bad effects of vitamin D deficiency on their health.
This study simply reported the observed decrease in vitamin D levels as a result of having a higher BMI. However, it does not show a cause-and-effect relationship.
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