Dr. Michael F. Holick, Ph.D., M.D.
Dr. Michael F. Holick

Obesity

Posted by admin on November 27, 2008 under Obesity, Vitamin D | 16 Comments to Read

Obesity is associated with vitamin D deficiency.  The reason is that the vitamin D is trapped within the fat and cannot easily exit.  As a result, obese patients need at least twice as much vitamin D as a normal weighted individual in order to maintain a normal vitamin D status with a 25(OH)D between 30-60 ng/ml.    

Wortsman J, Matsuoka LY, Chen TC, Lu Z, Holick MF. Decreased bioavailability of vitamin D in obesity. Am J Clin Nutr 2000;72: 690-693.