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Vitamin D Deficiency could be a consequence of Obesity


A new research has revealed that people with a bigger belly are more likely to be at risk of vitamin D deficiency. The levels of vitamin D are lower in obese people, particularly in people who are larger around the waist – they should get their vitamin D levels checked to prevent any future health problems.

Obesity is a major global concern for most of the population of the world. It is a condition when a person accumulates excess body fat that it starts affecting their health. It could lead to emotional, psychological and physical health problems in an individual.

According to the lead author of the study, Rachida Rafiq said, “Although we did not vitamin D deficiency in our study, the strong relationship between increasing amounts of abdominal fat and lower levels of vitamin D suggests that individuals with larger waistlines are at a greater risk of developing deficiency and should consider having their vitamin D levels checked.”

The data was presented in Barcelona at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE 2018.

Health problems may start when you don’t have control over your weight. Being overweight could have short-term and long-term consequences, some of them include:


Obesity makes a person resist insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar. The elevated levels of blood sugar increase the risk of diabetes.

High Blood Pressure

Accumulation of fat in the body needs more oxygen and nutrients and it makes the heart work harder requiring the blood to circulate more blood to the fat tissue. Due to the increased pressure on the artery walls, the likelihood of high blood pressure is more.

Heart Diseases

Build-up fat deposits in the arteries reduce the blood flow to the heart, particularly when you are obese. Other complications include narrowed arteries, chest pain, blood clots and heart attack.

Joint Problems

Excess body fat puts pressure on the joints and hips, which are supported by cartilage and ligaments, tendons and muscles. Obesity may lead to joint problems including osteoarthritis.

High Cholesterol

One of the major health problems of obesity is high cholesterol levels. If the cholesterol in your blood is high then it could lead to further health complications. As a consequence, it could also up the risk of atherosclerosis, which in turn increases the risk of heart diseases, stroke or heart attack.

Respiratory Problems

Obesity can interrupt your sleep patterns and you could end up sleeping throughout the night or experience sleepiness during the day. It may trigger heavy snoring as well. When the added weight of the chest wall squeezes the lungs and causes restricted breathing, respiratory problems may occur.

Disclaimer: Views expressed in this article are the author’s own and NATURAL LOOK does not endorse them in any way. Neither can NATURAL LOOK independently verify any claims made in the article. You should consult your physician before starting any weight loss or health management programme to determine if it is right for your needs.


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