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Type: Journal article
Title: Vitamin D and obesity
Author: Vanlint, Simon John
Citation: Nutrients, 2013; 5(3):949-956
Publisher: MDPI
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 2072-6643
School/Discipline: School of Population Health : General Practice
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Simon Vanlint
Abstract: Obesity is a significant health problem world-wide, particularly in developed nations. Vitamin D deficiency is pandemic, and has been implicated in a wide variety of disease states. This paper seeks to examine the consistently reported relationship between obesity and low vitamin D concentrations, with reference to the possible underlying mechanisms. The possibility that vitamin D may assist in preventing or treating obesity is also examined, and recommendations for future research are made. There is a clear need for adequately-powered, prospective interventions which include baseline measurement of 25D concentrations and involve adequate doses of supplemental vitamin D. Until such studies have been reported, the role of vitamin D supplementation in obesity prevention remains uncertain.
Keywords: Vitamin D; obesity; overweight; calcium
Rights: © 2013 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (
RMID: 0020126655
DOI: 10.3390/nu5030949
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