Belly fat linked to Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble secosteroids and is responsible for the absorption of calcium in the gut, bones and blood. Vitamin D is extremely important to improve bone strength and also provide other health benefits. However, vitamin D can be synthesized by our body when sunlight hits our skin. There are also other sources of taking vitamin D from the variety of fishes like salmon, tuna and mackerel, egg yolks, orange juice, cheese, cereals, white mushrooms, soy products. These become ideal sources to get natural vitamin D and people also consume 60,000 IU of vitamin D per week who suffers from vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D deficiency makes a serious issue over 1 billion people suffered from inadequate levels of vitamin D and its deficiency causes many effects. Considering 40% of the U.S States population is deficient in vitamin D.

Researchers play a dedicated role in participating to understand why most of the people are at risk of vitamin D and its deficiency may lead to impairment of bones, autoimmune diseases, respiratory tract infections, diabetes, and heart failure. Its deficiency may also lead to the generation of cancer effects. Therefore, Vitamin D deficiency is necessary to fulfill its requirement to the body.

According to the study done by researchers revealed that people having the deficiency of Vitamin D have high waist and belly fat.

The link between obesity/ belly fat and vitamin D deficiency are growing increasingly robust. Does a deficiency in vitamin D cause fat to be stored in the abdominal region, or does belly fat decrease levels of vitamin D?

The study was conducted by one group of researchers from the VU University Medical Center and Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands led by Rachida Rafiq, at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, held in Barcelona, Spain. According to the report, researchers analyzed the total fat, belly fat under the skin, fat in the liver and around the other organs of women aged 45 to 65 revealed that both total and belly (abdominal) fat were connected to lower levels of vitamin D.

A link between belly fat and lower vitamin D levels has been unknown yet. It is not clear whether excess belly fat causes a deficiency of vitamin D or if a deficiency of vitamin D causes excess belly fat. The study conducted based on the observation, the researcher cannot draw a conclusion on the actual cause of a link between belly fat and vitamin D levels.

One ongoing study on vitamin D at the University of Milan by Dr. Luisella Vigna revealed that vitamin D consumption led to weight loss in overweight and obese people who are in deficient in vitamin D proved that low levels of Vitamin D are linked to obesity or belly fat.

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