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.


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