Have you ever wondered why you have belly fat while some people don’t? Have you ever thought to yourself no matter how hard you exercise everyday but you still can’t get rid of that fat around your belly?
Well, results from a new study suggests it has to do with the low levels of vitamin D. It’s said that vitamin D does impact where the body stores its fats.
As some of you would know, vitamin D can be produced when our comes in contact with sunlight. In some research, vitamin D is shown to protect our bodies from heart failure, diabetes, cancer and hair loss to a certain degree.
Bone health is also dependant on vitamin D, not just on calcium. Some believe that respiratory tract infections along with autoimmune disease are linked with overconsuming vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent around the world and is estimated that over 1 billion lack the vitamin by some authors. The United States has more than 40 percent of its population that are vitamin D deficient.
Researchers are trying to understand who could be at the most risk of vitamin D deficiency, as they already understand the importance of it well enough.
This deficiency could have considerable impact on a population at a large scale due to the many conditions that comes from the deficiency.
A group consisting of researchers from the VU University Medical Center and Leiden University Medical Center from the Netherlands are led by Rachida Rafiq, are investigating this matter. They presented their reports at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting which was held in Barcelona, Spain.
Rafiq and the team discovered a link between obesity and lower vitamin D levels. They studied data from the Netherlands Epidemiology of Obesity that included many men and women that were aged 45-56.
The focus in the study was total fat, belly fat under the skin (abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue), fat around the organs (visceral adipose tissue) and fat in the liver (hepatic fat).
The data was adjusted in their analysis, taking in possible variables like alcohol intake, smoking, ethnicity, education level, chronic disease (arthritis, osteoporosis, asthma, etc) and physical activity levels (exercise).
In the data, women with both total and abdominal fat were linked with lower vitamin D levels. It was more prevalent in terms of abdominal fat. For men however, the connection of vitamin D and fat were found in the liver and abdomen.
From the information received from both sexes, we see that lower vitamin D intake showed more and more results of belly fat.
Rafiq explains, “The strong relationship between increasing amounts of abdominal fat and lower levels of vitamin D suggests that individuals with larger waistlines are at a greater risk of developing deficiency, and should consider having their vitamin D levels checked.”
Rafiq explored this further as she wanted to understand why fat is related to vitamin D deficiency, more specifically why is stored more in the abdominal region.
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.”
15th April 2020 23:51
This article is an initiative brought to you by Return Legacy Malaysia
Our partner sites: