Nutritional Medicine , Separating Fact from Fiction
Vitamin D levels may play a role in weight loss
Vitamin D deficiency has been implicated as a culprit in a host of diseases. Just recently at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., it was declared that vitamin D levels may play a role in weight loss in obese patients.
Dr. Sibley from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis conducted an investigation in 38 obese and overweight men and women testing their vitamin D levels testing a causal relationship between vitamin D levels and rate of weight loss.
The measured both the active and inactive levels of vitamin D before and after an eleven week weight loss program consisting of a 750 calorie per day deficit from estimated needs. On average, vitamin D levels in the study subjects were in a deficiency range.
According to the investigators vitamin D levels predicted subsequent weight loss success in subjects on a weight loss diet.
“Abdominal fat specifically tended to be related to vitamin D levels with the effect being stronger with the active form of vitamin D”, Dr. Sibley reported at the meeting. Preservation of lean body mass remained intact.
Underlying mechanisms for these results need to be studied further, but optimism is on the horizon. Dr. Sibley concluded that “If it is established that vitamin D does indeed contribute to weight loss approached this could have a huge public health impact on the obesity epidemic”
Findings suggest at this point that vitamin D may play a pivotal role in weight loss success rates when combined with a low calorie diet.
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