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There have been many studies about the correlation of obesity and Vitamin D deficiency, but none that are definitive as to why and how. It appears from the latest data and studies that obesity affects the amount of Vitamin D levels in the body.

Low levels of Vitamin D do not appear to be a cause of obesity. However, obesity can decrease levels of Vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D becomes diluted in the body, as more is needed as fat mass increases. Losing weight will correct Vitamin D levels in the body.

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Vitamin D gets diluted throughout the body, and that dilution shows up as a deficiency in overweight and obese people, who have more mass than normal-weight people. In people who garner most of their vitamin D from sun exposure, Heaney says, the deficiency could be especially bad. As a person adds weight and volume, the amount of their skin surface area doesn’t expand proportionately, and so they fail to maintain adequate levels, Heaney and colleagues report in the December 2012 Obesity.Nathan Seppa, Science News

Why do we need Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is essential to bone growth and maintenance. We need Vitamin D to absorb calcium. It is also important to boosting and maintaining both our immune system and neuromuscular system. It is also thought to play a role in our mental emotional health.

For more information, visit WebMD.

Consult with your Health Care Provider

It is important to know if your Vitamin D levels are low, so consult with your doctor for a test and for the correct amount of Vitamin D that should be supplemented if your levels are low.

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