HHS HealthBeat (July 29, 2009) http://www.hhs.gov/news/healthbeat/2009/07/20090729a.html
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
Vitamin D is good for a lot of things, and one study indicates girls who get enough D are more likely to grow taller as opposed to wider.
Researcher Richard Kremer of McGill University in Canada, with Dr. Vicente Gilsanz at the University of Southern California, found that in data on California girls. Kremer says girls with normal levels of vitamin D had more height. He says girls with insufficient vitamin D were heavier, especially with belly fat.
Richard Kremer speaks ``The difference was about 7 kilos, which I believe would be about 17 or 18 pounds.’’
Kremer says his study can’t prove the variation in vitamin D made the difference. But he notes lack of D can cause fat to accumulate.
The study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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Last revised: July, 29 2009