The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Vitamin D levels and adiposity

    Researchers at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, investigated the association between vitamin D and BMI (body mass index).

    First, the details.

    • In a randomly selected group of 479 schoolchildren, vitamin D blood levels (25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D) were measured.
      • Deficient [25(OH)D concentrations: less than 50 nmol/L]
      • Insufficient [50 to less than 75 nmol/L]
      • Sufficient [at least 75 nmol/L]
    • Anthropometric (human body measurement) variables were recorded annually for about 30 months.
    • The average change in each anthropometric indicator according to baseline vitamin D status was calculated.

    And, the results.

    • Vitamin D-deficient children had a significantly greater change in BMI (body mas index) than vitamin D-sufficient children.
    • Similarly, vitamin D-deficient children had a significant increase in anthropometric measurements, including a greater change in waist circumference vs vitamin D-sufficient children.
    • Vitamin D deficiency was related to significantly slower linear growth in girls but not in boys.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Vitamin D serostatus [blood level] was inversely associated with the development of adiposity in school-age children.

    It’s another reason to update the supplement recommendations for vitamin D.

    12/9/10 20:20 JR

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