The same study reports that vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of chronic disease, including excess weight, cardiovascular conditions, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. However, this does not take into account lifestyle factors, such as diet, exercise or other medical conditions, that could also lead to weight gain.
Low Vitamin D Linked to Weight Gain in Older Women. Of more than 4,600 women aged 65 and older, those with insufficient levels of vitamin D in their blood gained about two pounds more than those who had adequate levels of the vitamin during a five-year study.
Published in the Journal of Women's Health, researchers discovered that vitamin D-deficient females were more likely to gain weight than their non-deficient counterparts. Although the study received plenty of press, it should be noted that the weight gain was minor.
Vitamin D deficiency causes weight gain More than one of the most recent studies about weight gain has linked it to a vitamin D deficiency. A study reported by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) (1) found that women whose blood levels of vitamin D reached healthy levels through supplementation during a diet and exercise program lost more weight than those whose blood levels did not.
Obesity is linked to a specific deficiency of vitamin D. Research suggests that individuals who suffer from genetic obesity have lower vitamin D levels in their genes. Conversely, obese people have been found to have low vitamin D and higher BMI, which lead to weight gain.
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