Insufficient Vitamin D Linked With Increased Weight In Older Women

Your weight and your vitamin D levels may be linked, according to new research.

A recent study from the nonprofit Kaiser Permanente Center for Heath Research shows that women who have insufficient vitamin D levels are also more likely to gain about two pounds over a nearly five-year period, compared with people who have enough in the vitamin.

“Nearly 80 percent of women in our study had insufficient levels of Vitamin D,” study researcher Dr. Erin LeBlanc, M.D., an endocrinologist and researcher at Kaiser, saidin a statement. “A primary source of this important vitamin is sunlight, and as modern societies move indoors, continuous Vitamin D insufficiency may be contributing to chronic weight gain.”

However, researchers cautioned that they only found a correlation — and no proof that having low levels of vitamin D can actually cause women to put on the pounds. Therefore, they said to make sure to talk to a doctor before considering ways to increase vitamin D intake, like via a supplement, since everyone has different health concerns.

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