According to the results of a recent Norwegian study published in the Journal of Nutrition, the more obese a person is, the more likely it is that they have low vitamin d levels. The study found an inverse relationship between excess pounds and an insufficient amount of vitamin D.
The researchers also found that obesity may affect vitamin d absorption which is most commonly absorbed through either sun exposure or the consumption of vitamin d rich foods.
The six year study tracked 1,464 women and 315 men, with an average age of 49. Based on the participants’ body mass index (BMI), an indicator of body fatness calculated from a person’s weight and height, the average participant was deemed to be obese. About 11 percent were categorized as "morbidly obese."
At the beginning of the study, vitamin D levels were found to be below the healthy range. By the end of the study, overall levels of vitamin D were found to have dropped off "significantly" while BMI readings rose by 5 percent.
The research team concluded that having a higher-than-normal weight, body fat and BMI was linked to a poorer vitamin D profile.
The researchers suggested that people who are overweight and obese might benefit from vitamin D supplementation and more exposure to sunlight.
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