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Surprise! Vitamin D Can Help or Hinder Your Weight Management

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  • A study of more than 4,600 women age 65 and older shows that having low vitamin D levels can contribute to mild weight gain. Women who had insufficient levels of vitamin D gained about two pounds more compared to those with adequate blood levels of vitamin D during the 4.5-year long study. Those with insufficient levels also weighed more at the outset of the study
  • More than half of obese adolescents seeking weight loss surgery are deficient in vitamin D, according to a recent study. Eight percent were found to have severe deficiencies, and teens with the highest BMIs were the most likely to be vitamin D deficient. Less than 20 percent had adequate vitamin D levels
  • Two newer vitamin D tests, designed to be faster and less expensive than previous tests, appear to be inaccurate more than 40 percent of the time, according to preliminary study findings. The Abbott Architect test produced results that were either 25% too high or too low, about 40% of the time. The Siemens Centaur2 test was either too high or too low in 48% of samples, compared to a previously established vitamin D testing method
  • An inexpensive and convenient way to get your vitamin D levels tested on a regular basis is to join the GrassrootsHealth D*Action Project, which provides accurate home-testing kits

By Dr. Mercola

Vitamin D, once thought to influence little more than bone diseases such as rickets and osteoporosis, is now recognized as a major player in overall human health. Most recently, new studies suggest that your vitamin D status can even help or hinder your weight management, which I'll review below.

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