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Vitamin D supplements might promote weight-loss in obese children

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Vitamin D supplements might promote weight-loss in obese children

September 27, 2018, European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology

Vitamin D supplements may promote weight-loss and reduce danger aspects for future heart and metabolic illness in overweight and obese children, according to research provided today at the 57th Yearly European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting. These findings show that basic vitamin D supplements might become part of an efficient technique to deal with childhood obesity and reduce the risk of major health issue, such as heart disease, in adulthood.

Obesity in youth and adolescence represents a major health problem worldwide, which results in the development of expensive, severe and debilitating complications, including heart problem and diabetes, in later life. Vitamin D shortage is generally associated with impaired bone health, in current years it has actually been progressively linked with increased body fat accumulation and weight problems, with the accurate nature of this relationship currently under extreme examination by researchers. However, the result of vitamin D supplements on the weight and health of obese kids and teenagers had actually not yet been examined.

In this study, Dr. Christos Giannios, Teacher Evangelia Charmandari and coworkers at the University of Athens Medical School and the ‘Aghia Sophia’ Children’s Healthcare facility in Athens, assessed 232 obese kids and teenagers over 12 months, with 117 arbitrarily assigned to get vitamin D supplements, in accordance with the Endocrine Society’s standards on treatment and prevention of shortage. Levels of vitamin D, body fat, and blood markers of liver function and heart health were assessed at the start of the study and 12 months later. The study reported that kids offered vitamin D supplements had substantially lower body mass index, body fat and enhanced cholesterol levels after 12 months of supplements.

” These findings suggest that easy vitamin D supplementation may lower the threat of obese and overweight kids establishing serious heart and metabolic problems in later life,” says lead researcher Prof Charmandari.

The team now plan to examine the impacts of vitamin D supplementation on the health of overweight kids and adolescents that already have unhealthy conditions, such as high blood pressure, high blood glucose and high cholesterol, all which increase the threat of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Prof Charmandari warns, “Although these preliminary findings show that vitamin D could be utilized in the treatment of weight problems, there remains a lack of evidence on the safety and long-lasting effects of supplementation, especially if there is no vitamin D shortage. If your child is obese or obese I suggest that you consult your main care physician for suggestions, and consider having their vitamin D levels tested.”

More info: The research study “The effect of vitamin D supplementation on metabolic syndrome specifications in obese and obese children and adolescents in Greece” (abstract P3-P149), will be presented at the 57th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting in Athens, Greece.

Provided by: European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology

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