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Animal study: Potential mechanism discovered of how vitamin D may help in weight loss

Posted on: February 12, 2014   by  Jeff Nicklas


In obesity, cells called adipocytes increase. Adipocytes are fat cells and are the main make-up of adipose, or fat, tissue. These cells, along with adipose tissue as a whole, help store energy from food as fat. An increase in food consumption leads to an increase in storage of energy and a subsequent increase in total adipocytes.

It has been hypothesized that a decrease in the number of adipocytes can help in weight loss and help with weight maintenance. This decrease in adipocytes would be achieved through inducing apoptosis, or cell death, of the adipocytes.

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3 Responses to Animal study: Potential mechanism discovered of how vitamin D may help in weight loss

  1. JBG

    Maybe there is a cognitive typo here? Anyway, I can’t parse the sentence containing it.

    “research shows that obesity more so causes obesity”?

    • Brant Cebulla

      JBG, thanks for pointing that out. Now reads as intended: “research shows that obesity more so causes vitamin D deficiency than vitamin D deficiency causes obesity.”

  2. Michael

    How about the researcher who taped the rats’ mouths shut. One group of rats had natural organic bee’s wax put in their nostril holes and the other group had petroleum wax put in theirs. When equal numbers of both the bee’s wax and petroleum wax rats died in the same amount of time, it was concluded that petroleum wax is no more dangerous than natural organic bee’s wax.

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