Study: Vitamin D Deficiency Causes Weight Gain Among Older Women

Here’s some news that will likely send many older women to the vitamin section.

A new study has found that older women who don’t get enough vitamin D tend to gain about two pounds a year.

The study, funding by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Journal of Women’s Health, focused on women ages 65 and older.

“This is one of the first studies to show that women with low levels of vitamin D gain more weight, and although it was only two pounds, over time that can add up,” said Dr. Erin LeBlanc, lead author and a researcher at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore. “Nearly 80 percent of women in our study had insufficient levels of vitamin D. A primary source of this important vitamin is sunlight, and as modern societies move indoors, continuous vitamin D insufficiency may be contributing to chronic weight gain.”

But before researchers say they can recommend taking supplements to keep people from gaining weight, more research is needed, LeBlanc said in a news release.

“Since there are so many conflicting recommendations about taking vitamin D for any reason, it’s best if patients get advice from their own health care provider.”

Always seek a doctor for advice before taking any supplements.

Source: Kaiser Permanente news release

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