Vitamin D supplements could promote weight loss, new research shows.
Previous studies have already linked vitamin D deficiency to increased belly fat.
Now, a new study has linked vitamin D supplementation to weight loss.
The study involved 232 obese children who were followed for a year.
Half were given vitamin D supplementation.
The results showed that those given vitamin D supplements had significantly lower body mass index, less body fat and improved cholesterol levels.
Professor Evangelia Charmandari, study author, said:
“These findings suggest that simple vitamin D supplementation may reduce the risk of overweight and obese children developing serious heart and metabolic complications in later life.”
Professor Charmandari recommends considering a vitamin D test:
“Although these initial findings indicate that vitamin D could be used in the treatment of obesity, there remains a lack of evidence on the safety and long-term effects of supplementation, particularly if there is no vitamin D deficiency.
However, if your child is overweight or obese I recommend that you consult your primary care physician for advice, and consider having their vitamin D levels tested.”
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The study was presented at the 57th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology.