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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

Hi, I’m JR

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.