A study shows that people with larger belly fat and waistline have vitamin D deficiency. If you have a lower level of the said vitamin, chances are poor bone health. It could also lead to higher risks of autoimmune disorders, heart disease, and heart disease.
Study author Rachida Rafiq said, “The strong relationship between increasing amounts of abdominal fats and lower levels of vitamin D suggests that individuals with larger waistlines are at a greater risk of developing a deficiency, and should consider having their vitamin D levels checked.”
The findings will be presented at the European Society of Endocrinology convention in Barcelona, Spain. The recommendations emanated from the assessment of information gathered by the Netherlands Epidemiology of Obesity study. Higher levels of belly fat are likely in people who have vitamin D deficiency.
More than 40% of the US population has vitamin D deficiency problem. Other authors refer to the issue as “an ignored epidemic” citing that more than a billion people around the world have insufficient levels.
Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to bone diseases that could cause brittle bones or bone cancer. This vitamin is embedded in our skin and needs sunlight to utilize it. However, if the levels are not enough, we need to eat foods that contain the vitamin to reach the needed level.
Salmon and fatty fishes such as mackerel are not only rich in protein. It is also a good source of vitamin D. The the Office of Dietary Supplements stated that 3 ounces of cooked sockeye salmon provide around 447 IU. A 3 oz. of canned tuna in water, on the other hand, provides 154 IU.
Some mushrooms that are treated with UV light can give an ample amount for people with vitamin D deficiency. The dose of the vitamin depends on the amount of the UV light that was used to treat the fungi.
We all know that milk strengthens our bones because of its rich calcium. Some kinds of milk are fortified with vitamin D to suit the needs of the consumers better.
According to the latest study, eggs can be helpful to boost the levels of vitamin D in our body. An egg yolk contains 41 IU or 10% of the daily value.