British scientists conducting research, the results of which added to the list of dangerous consequences that human obesity can lead to. As it turned out, excess body fat leads to a deficiency in the body of a very important vitamin — vitamin D.
It has long been known that vitamin D plays an important role in ensuring the normal functioning of most systems of the human body. If it is deficient in this vitamin, it can cause rickets in children, and, according to new data, exacerbate depression, cancer, diabetes and other serious diseases.
The Link Between Beriberi D and Obesity, Scientists Have Noticed For a Long Time. At the same time, until recently it was not clear which of these variables is the cause and which is the effect. It was not known whether excess fat leads to vitamin D deficiency or vice versa vitamin D deficiency causes cancer.
The staff of the Institute of Pediatrics at the University College London (University College London’s Institute of Child Health) decided to find out this relationship. To do this, they are subjected to a thorough analysis of the medical records of 165,000 Britons. As a result, the following relationship was revealed: with an increase in excess body weight (BMI) for every 10%, there is a decrease in the concentration of vitamin D in the tissues and blood of the body by 4%.
This discovery lifts the veil of what is happening recently in different countries. The fact is that in many developed countries, including America, most of the population tries to eat a balanced diet, but over the past few decades there has been a significant increase in the number of people suffering from a reduced level of vitamin D in the body with an emphasis on its pronounced deficiency. For example, in the United States, about a third of the population is deficient in this vitamin.
Today, this phenomenon (a significant increase in the number of people who are obese) can be explained simply — accumulating in adipose tissues, vitamin D, with their excess amount, simply cannot penetrate into tissues and blood, therefore it remains untouched and unclaimed.
Professor Elina Hypponen, leader of this study, notes that based on the results, it is safe to insist that vitamin D is closely related to the mass of adipose tissue in the human body, and not just to the lack of sunlight, according to many researchers.