Wednesday Dec 10, 2008 (foodconsumer.org) -- A new study
in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that girls who
had insufficient vitamin D were more likely to be heavier and shorter than those who
had normal levels of the vitamin.
For the study, scientists from the McGill University
Health Centre (MUHC) and the University of Southern California examined 90
Caucasian and Hispanic girls for their vitamin D status in the blood and its
association with their body fat and height.
They found that young women with normal vitamin D were
one average taller than those deficient in vitamin D.
But they did not find any association between
lack of vitamin D and bone strength in young girls.
Study lead author, Richard Kremer of the MUHC said
"We found young women with vitamin D insufficiency were significantly
heavier, with a higher body mass index and increased abdominal fat, than young
women with normal levels."
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