Not enough vitamin D will make you fat (and sick)

We are lucky bastards here in Australia. We live in one of the most wonderful country in the world, we have an abundance of great produces and high quality food, amazing sceneries and some of the most liveable cities.

We have plenty of sunshine, too, but amazingly most of the population suffers from low levels of vitamin D.

And that’s not good, not good at all. Vitamin D is incredibly important for our health, and it plays a number of roles in the human body. It’s mostly produced when the sunshine hits our skin, though, and only in the central hours of the day.

There are plenty of studies that shows how important vitamin D is to prevent cancer, diabetes or heart failure. A lack of vitamin D causes depression, and less dangerous but still unpleasant effects like hair loss, especially in women.

But that we already knew.

A group of researchers from the VU University Medical Center and Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, was try to find whether vitamin D might help with diabetes treatment.

We know that there is a link between obesity and lower vitamin D levels, but Dr. Rafiq and his team wanted to see whether the type and location of fat played a role.

And they discovered a relationship between belly fat and low levels of vitamin D. The problem now is: is a vitamin D deficiency that causes an increase in abdominal fat or is having a lot of fat around our waistline decreases levels of vitamin D?

As Rafiq explains, “Due to the observational nature of this study, we cannot draw a conclusion on the direction or cause of the association between obesity and vitamin D levels.”

“However, this strong association may point to a possible role for vitamin D in abdominal fat storage and function.”

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