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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Obesity in Kids

New research reveals that lack of vitamin D can cause obesity in American children. The researchers studied 237 children between the ages eight to 18. Most were found to be lacking adequate amounts of vitamin D. Deficiency of this vitamin can cause higher fat levels and body mass index, and lower good cholesterol levels in the body.

In vitamin D deficient kids, white children had greater risk of visceral adipose tissue, and black children had higher risk of subcutaneous adipose tissue. The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

The authors of the study say lack of vitamin D is common among American youth. In adults, vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. They opine that therapeutic interventions may be required to correct the lack of vitamin D deficiency.

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