Higher levels of belly fat are associated with lower vitamin D levels in obese individuals, according to data presented in Barcelona at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE 2018.
The study conducted by Rachida Rafiq and colleagues from the VU University Medical Center and Leiden University Medical Center in Netherlands reported that Vitamin D levels are lower in individuals with higher levels of belly fat, and suggests that individuals, particularly thoe who are overweight with larger waistlines should have their vitamin D levels checked, to avoid any potentially health damaging effects. Even after considering a number of possible influencing factors, like chronic disease, alcohol intake and levels of physical activity, it was found that the amounts of both total andabdominal fat were associated with lower vitamin D levels in women, with a greater impact on abdominal fat.
It is clear that Vitamin D adequacy is needed for optimal metabolism and body weight, although the precise mechanisms of its function are yet not clear.
Get Your Vitamin D
Those trying to lose weight or who are overweight- Get Your vitamin D levels checked. Difficulty losing weight can be a sign of vitamin D deficiency. If you are deficient, a doctor may prescribe up to 10,000 international units to help normalize your levels. The recommended amount per day is 600 IUs for most people, an amount that can be found in most multivitamins. The best way to naturally increase your vitamin D level is to get outside. Just 10 to 15 minutes of direct sunlight can give you all the vitamin D you need.
Avoid overdose of vitamin D in order to lose weight for its a fat-soluble vitamin stored in the fat cells, high doses may lead to toxicity. The upper limit of vitamin D is 4,000 IUs. Signs of vitamin D toxicity include nausea, vomiting and weakness. As with most vitamins, more is not always better.
Sunlight is the primary source that promotes vitamin D synthesis from cholesterol in the skin. Other important sources are Cod liver oil, Sardines, Salmon, Mackerel,Tuna, Raw Milk, Caviar, Eggs, Mushrooms, etc.