Health and Weight Loss: Vitamin D deficiency and weight loss – What’s the Connection?

“A study reported by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) (1) found that women whose blood levels of vitamin D reached healthy levels through supplementation during a diet and exercise program lost more weight than those whose blood levels did not.”

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to numerous diseases, as the article states. And while researchers are not exactly certain how vitamin D actually influences healthy weight loss, it seems to be a foundational supplement we can all use more of.

Vitamin D isn’t technically a vitamin, but a hormone. We can produce it when sunshine hits our skin. But, we have to have enough cholesterol in order for it to be produced and sunscreen will stop its production. So in my opinion the increase in the use of cholesterol lowering drugs and overuse of sunscreen has led to a vitamin D deficiency in most people. Before you get all up in arms about my belief about sunscreen, you can see what some dermatologists and other experts believe here.

It’s interesting that type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance have also increased - both of which....(Finish reading here)

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Comment by Ann Musico on July 29, 2014 at 11:41am

It's good that they're fortified with vitamin D but honestly we don't absorb it as readily as you might think. And the amount in the non-dairy milk is probably not close to being enough.  It's a good idea next time you have blood work done to have them test your levels to see where you are (most people are very deficient) and then you will know how much to supplement and can see if your levels go up.  You can get vitamin D3 in liquid and just put a few drops into your smoothie or some other cool liquid.

Comment by Debbie W. Wilson on July 29, 2014 at 9:34am

The non-dairy milks I drink have vitamin D. Does that work?

Comment by Ann Musico on July 27, 2014 at 6:47am

You mean besides supplementing with vitamin D, Allen? I would say be sure your cholesterol levels are healthy meaning not too low because you need it to make vitamin D3 and be sure you don't exclude the best foods for vitamin D3 like egg yolks, wild caught salmon and cod liver oil (which I would take as a supplement).

Comment by Allan Dubon on July 26, 2014 at 10:38pm

Having brown skin makes it harder for my body to formulate Vitamin D. But the nice thing is I never have to use sunscreen!!!

Is there something that people with darker skin can do to increase their Vit D? 

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