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Vitamin D and obesity

By Simon John Vanlint

Abstract

Obesity is a significant health problem world-wide, particularly in developed nations. Vitamin D deficiency is pandemic, and has been implicated in a wide variety of disease states. This paper seeks to examine the consistently reported relationship between obesity and low vitamin D concentrations, with reference to the possible underlying mechanisms. The possibility that vitamin D may assist in preventing or treating obesity is also examined, and recommendations for future research are made. There is a clear need for adequately-powered, prospective interventions which include baseline measurement of 25D concentrations and involve adequate doses of supplemental vitamin D. Until such studies have been reported, the role of vitamin D supplementation in obesity prevention remains uncertain.Simon Vanlin

Topics: Vitamin D; obesity; overweight; calcium
Publisher: MDPI
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.3390/nu5030949
OAI identifier: oai:digital.library.adelaide.edu.au:2440/78418
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