Vitamin D supplements aren’t very effective for obese people: Study

A new study has found that vitamin D supplements are not as effective for

obese people with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30, as they are for people with a BMI less than 25.

Dietitian Dr. Linya Patel, in a study of 2,842 people under the age of 40 in the UK, said that those who had a higher BMI and waist width were observed to have vitamin D deficiency, but surprisingly when they were given vitamin D tablets, they were less effective than others.

BMI is a method of measuring fat in the body, while measuring the waist shows how much fat is present on a person’s stomach.

Dr. Linya Patel said that the researchers had two problems. Initially, they found that people who were obese had vitamin D deficiency and when supplements tried to make up for this deficiency, their vitamin D levels did not increase as much as seen in a ‘normal weight’ person. So that was also a problem.

He said that if your BMI is high, then your chances of suffering from cardio-metabolic diseases (heart disease, diabetes, liver problems, etc.) increase and if people are given vitamin D supplements, these chances can be reduced.

He said that it was a problem to recommend vitamin D supplements to everyone in the same way, not taking care of different people.

The possible role of vitamin D deficiency in increasing the risk of various complications is controversial as numerous trials and studies have provided unsatisfactory results.

According to Dr. Linya Patel, it is also possible that answers to the wrong questions are being sought in the exams.



4th Professional Medical Student. Karachi Medical and Dental College.

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