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Belly Fat Linked with Low Vitamin D Levels in People With Obesity

Obesity is associated with a range of health problems, and contributes to an estimated 2.8 million deaths per year worldwide. A recent study suggests that higher levels of belly fat may be linked to lower vitamin D levels in people with obesity.


Participants in the study took part in the Netherlands Epidemiology of Obesity study. After adjusting for a variety of factors — including chronic disease, alcohol intake, and physical activity — the researchers found that total fat and abdominal fat were associated with lower vitamin D levels in women. The results were more pronounced for abdominal fat. In men, both abdominal fat and liver fat were associated with lower vitamin D levels. In both men and women, greater amounts of belly fat were associated with lower levels of detected vitamin D.


Researchers from VU University Medical Center and Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands conducted the study. It was presented in Barcelona at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, held the week of May 19, 2018.


Vitamin D can be found in milk, fortified cereals, fish, and eggs. Your body also processes vitamin D from the sun, but it becomes harder for our bodies to process it as we age. A high-quality vitamin D supplement is always a good option if you feel that you’re not getting enough through diet and sun.

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