A study published online yesterday in the Journal of Women’s Health found that women with low vitamin D status may be prone to weight gain.
The study by Erin LeBlanc, MD, an endocrinologist and researcher at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon examined vitamin D status and weight for 4,659 women over the age of 65.
When looking at vitamin D levels of women who lost or maintained weight, the researchers found no association with vitamin D status.
Among the 571 women who gained weight during the 5 year study, those with insufficient vitamin D levels (
The researchers also found that women with insufficient levels when the study began weighed more than the women with vitamin D levels of 30 ng/mlL or above.
Of course, the authors call for more research on the topic before there can be a supplement recommendation made for weight loss purposes.