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Women deficient in vitamin D accumulate fat in muscle and are weaker
3/18/2010 4:04:18 PM

A recent study at McGill University in Montreal, just showed that in adults, it is said vitamin D deficiency leads to fatty accumulation in muscle tissue, and lower levels of maximal strength.

Vitamin D levels were found to be strongly correlated to the percent of fat in muscle, with lower D levels resulting in higher fat content.

Scientific evidence has also pointed out that vitamin D deficiency may precipitate or exacerbate osteopenia, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, fractures, common cancers, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases. Also, there is some evidence that vitamin D may lower the incidence of several types of cancer and type-1 diabetes.

The funding for the study came from a grant from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S, Department of the Army, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Dimensional Fund Advisors Canada Inc.

Read how Vitamin D3 may be the most important supplement you can take for your health!

Source: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism Published online ahead of print, doi:doi:10.1210/jc.2009-2309 “Vitamin D Status and Its Relation to Muscle Mass and Muscle Fat in Young Women” Authors: V. Gilsanz, A. Kremer, A.O. Mo, T.A.L. Wren, R. Kremer

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