Newsweek – Researchers in the Netherlands found that people with higher levels of total body and abdominal fat had lower levels of vitamin D compared to those with less fat.
This could mean that people who are overweight are prone to developing vitamin D deficiencies and related conditions.
If proven, the link could have health implications for the more than one-third of U.S. adults who have obesity.
Vitamin D can be absorbed into the body from sunlight, and is also present in foods such as beef liver, oily fish like tuna, mackerel and salmon, as well as cheese, egg yolks, mushrooms and some fortified foods.
The body needs vitamin D in order to absorb calcium, and deficiency can lead to bone disorders.
However, growing evidence suggests it could also play a role in the development of respiratory tract infections, autoimmune diseases and heart conditions.
The team of university researchers found that lower levels of vitamin D were associated with higher total body and abdominal fat in women, and more abdominal and liver fat in men.
“Our results are significant as vitamin D deficiency and obesity are very common problems in our society nowadays,” she told Newsweek … Read more.
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