Overweight? Monitor vitamin D level for better health

A new British study answers the question of which comes first, obesity or vitamin D deficiency. While previous research has drawn a link between the two, none until now have stated that obesity leads to the deficiency.

A research team at the University College London’s Institute of Child Health reviewed the cases of 165,000 people and saw an increase of 10 percent in their body-mass index and a concurrent decrease of 4 percent in their vitamin D levels. The BMI measures body fat in relation to height and weight.

Published in the journal PloS Medicine, the study suggests that while vitamin D has little effect on a person’s BMI, having more body fat drives down the amount of the nutrient that’s able to circulate through the body.

Having a healthy level of vitamin D is important to bone strength as well as other parts of the body. It is produced when the skin is exposed to sunlight, but also through vitamin-rich foods and supplements.

One such supplement, Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual Vitamin D-3 from Dr. Newton’s Naturals, promotes healthy bone density with 5,000 international units of one of the most effective and safe forms of vitamin D called cholecalciferol. The formula also enhances memory and supports the immune system.

“Vitamin D deficiency is an active health concern around the world,” said study leader Elina Hypponen, Ph.D., of University College London’s Institute of Child Health. “While many health messages have focused on a lack of sun exposure or excessive use of suncreams, we should not forget that vitamin D deficiency is also caused by obesity.”

She said the study points out the importance of monitoring the vitamin D level in people who are overweight as a precaution against developing a deficiency in the vitamin.