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International Health Insurance News: Vitamin D 'boosted by weight loss'

International health insurance customers who are overweight or obese might want to discuss the benefits of losing weight with their doctor.

According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shedding some pounds can increase vitamin D levels.

This can be important for health, since the fat-soluble nutrient promotes calcium absorption, protects older adults from osteoporosis, influences cell growth and reduces inflammation.

Caitlin Mason, lead author of the paper, commented: "Since vitamin D is generally lower in persons with obesity, it is possible that low vitamin D could account, in part, for the link between obesity and diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

"Determining whether weight loss helps change vitamin D status is important for understanding potential avenues for disease prevention."

The researchers found that women who lost more than 15 per cent of their weight saw an almost three-fold increase in vitamin D levels, independent of dietary intake.

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