Elizabeth: How is vitamin D related to obesity? I’ve heard this a few times and wonder if I should be taking vitamin D.
Megan: Obesity is related to being vitamin D deficient, in other words, obesity can cause vitamin D deficiency. The combination of ageing and being overweight can be a double risk for being low in vitamin D. You need vitamin D to help absorb calcium, which is super important for bone health. Because vitamin D is ingested in skin and/or fat tissue, obese people have lower levels of it in their blood, even if they took the same amount of vitamin D as someone who was not obese. Research studies have linked obesity and being low in vitamin D but there is not solid evidence directly relating the two.
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