Lower levels of vitamin-D to trigger belly fat, says research

A study, presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Endocrinology, states that the deficiency of vitamin-D may stimulate the production of unwanted belly fat. The study was an outcome of the tireless efforts of the scientists from Leiden University Medical Center and VU University Medical Center. They found that apart from the usual factors, low levels of vitamin-D may also cause an individual to develop excessive fat, especially around the waistline.

Obesity has different causes like lack of physical activity, a sedentary lifestyle, and over-consumption of food, especially the processed products. Apart from this, the study suggests that deficiency of vitamin-D may also add to the situation. It is linked to poor bone health which leads to health problems like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases etc.

What does the study say?

The researchers of the study adjusted the participants of the study for the factors like

  1. Levels of exercise
  2. Alcohol consumption
  3. Chronic illnesses

The researchers noted that the lower levels of vitamin D added to the total and abdominal fat among the subjects under test. This deficiency had greater impacts on women than men. The male participants developed abdominal and liver fat.

Moreover, the avid relationship between the growing amounts of abdominal fat and lower levels of vitamin D suggests that people with larger waistlines are at a greater risk of developing the deficiency. They are advised to consider having their vitamin D levels checked.

The researchers were also very passionate to determine how this connection works. However, in the meantime, their findings were presented in the meeting during 2018. Plus, this particular risk factor comes with a heavy financial risk. Every inch of belly fat increases the cost of healthcare by five percent in men and three percent in women. This is a yearly based analysis.

Another study reports that women with 37+ inches of the waist are likely to pay more for healthcare. On the other hand, peers with a healthy waistline cost less. This health concern is applied equally to men as well.

Too much fat of the belly is a serious health concern. This is because it causes dangerous health risks like the excessive accumulation of the fat cells promotes the growth of cancer cells.

How can one replenish its vitamin-D reserves?

Vitamin-D deficiency comes with the following symptoms,

  • Frequent exhaustion
  • Severe bone or muscle pain or weakness that affects physical activity
  • Aches and pains
  • Malaise or a general sense of not feeling well
  • Sense of fatigue
  • Stress fractures like that of legs, pelvis, and hips

The sun is the best source to obtain vitamin-D. The best way to increase your vitamin D levels is a full body exposure to sunlight. The exposure might be for about 20-25 minutes.

Moreover, there are certain foods that serve as rich sources of vitamin-D. These foods include,

  • Egg yolks
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Shrimp

Some food products are also fortified with vitamin-D like,

  • Milk
  • Cereals
  • Yogurt
  • Orange juice

If in case you’re not able to get enough vitamin-D from sun and food, healthcare providers recommend vitamin-D supplements to maintain the healthy levels of vitamin D in the body.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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