Advertisement

Obesity treatment could be one way to help larger women to improve their vitamin D levels.

According a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, overweight or obese women who lose more than 15 per cent of their body weight see a significant increase in the circulating levels of vitamin D, a fat-soluble nutrient.

The research looked at 439 overweight-to-obese women, 70 per cent of whom had less-than-optimal levels of vitamin D.

Caitlin Mason, lead author of the paper, commented: "Since vitamin D is generally lower in persons with obesity, it is possible that low vitamin D could account, in part, for the link between obesity and diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

"Determining whether weight loss helps change vitamin D status is important for understanding potential avenues for disease prevention."

Vitamin D is important for health because it promotes calcium absorption, protects older adults from osteoporosis and can influence cell growth.

 

Comment on this page »

Features

Latest news

Chelsea and Westminster named the best place to work in the NHS for 2015

Nuffield Health opens doors of new Cambridge Hospital

Nuffield Health plans to open state-of-the-art diagnostic suite

Could obesity treatment boost vitamin D levels?
Advertisement
Advertisement
Connect with us on:

This site compiles with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information