Reply To: Has any research been done in to the effect of vitamin D on appetite and over eating when deficient. I want to eat a lot less on sunny days and have found that when I become deficient in vitamin D I overeat
There has not been much research investigating the effects of vitamin D on appetite. According to Michael Holick’s book, “The Vitamin D Solution,” a lack of vitamin D interferes with leptin, an appetite suppressing hormone. This potentially would lead to an unregulated appetite and over-eating.
Though, one study found that vitamin D and leptin were inversely associated. In other words, when vitamin D levels were high, leptin levels were low.
A possible explanation for these findings would be that fat tissue is the major predictor of leptin secretion, rather than vitamin D status. Leptin is secreted from fat. Since vitamin D status and BMI have been shown to be inversely associated, this may mean that a person with a high BMI would have high leptin levels and low vitamin D levels.
More research is needed to fully understand the effects of vitamin D on appetite.
Maetani M. et al. Association of leptin, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, and parathyroid hormone in women. Nutrition and Cancer, 2009.
Answered by Amber Tovey on October 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm