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Study Links Low Vitamin D Levels To Chronic Weight Gain

June 25, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A study of more than 4,600 women aged 65 or older has found that those with low levels of vitamin D in their blood gained an average of two pounds more over five years than women whose vitamin D levels were sufficient. According to the U.S. researchers, about 80 percent of the women in the study had insufficient levels of vitamin D, a primary source of which is sunlight. The researchers said the fact that fewer people spend time outdoors in the sun could partially explain vitamin D deficiencies and chronic weight gain. They declined to recommend vitamin D supplements, however, until further studies are conducted.
Erin S. LeBlanc et al., "Associations Between 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Weight Gain in Elderly Women", Journal of Women's Health, June 25, 2012, © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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