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Vitamin D May Promote Weight Loss in Obese Children

by in Blogs March 27, 2020

According to research presented at the 57th Annual Society for Pediatric Endocrinology Meeting, vitamin D supplements may promote weight loss and reduce risk factors for future heart and metabolic diseases in overweight and obese children. These findings indicate that simple vitamin D supplementation may be an effective strategy to tackle childhood obesity and reduce the risk of serious heart and blood sugar issues like adult-onset diabetes.
The most important finding of this study is that simple vitamin D supplementation may reduce the risk of obesity including reducing the risk of heart disease and adult-onset diabetes in later life.
Although vitamin D deficiency is typically associated with impaired bone health, in recent years it has been increasingly linked to increased body fat accumulation and obesity. In this study, Dr. Christos Giannios and Dr. Evangelia Charmandari assessed 232 obese children and adolescents over 12 months with 117 randomly assigned to receive vitamin D supplementation, in accordance with the Endocrine Society’s guidelines. Levels of vitamin D, body fat and blood markers of liver function and heart health were assessed at the start of the study and 12 months. The study reported that children given D supplements had significantly lower body fat and significant improved cholesterol levels after 12 months. I use an emulsified form of vitamin D in my practice for my patients. My recommended dose is the following
– Adults need 4000 iu a day
– Infants need 1000 iu
– Children need 200 iu a day
It is important to discuss with your primary care physician for more advice.

The most important finding of this study is that simple vitamin D supplementation may reduce the risk of obesity including reducing the risk of heart disease and adult-onset diabetes in later life.

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