Obese Children with Low Vitamin D, More Likely To Have Diabetes

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Childhood obesity is now considered as a global health problem because of the increasing number of children who are categorized as either overweight or obese, also, the appearance of incidences of cardiovascular diseases are now being observed in younger populations which is actually not usual.

As a response to this health problem, many government states have made their move in order to address this problem, one of which is the banning of sugary drink products in the school vicinity and encouragement of parents to enrol their children in an exercise program designed for kids. Medical health professionals deemed this problem as a health threat because of the multiple diseases associated with obesity, and up to this date many evidences are tying obesity as a major health risk factor.

In fact, another new study claims that obese children who have low levels of vitamin D are actually more likely to have type-2 diabetes. This is due to the insulin resistance associated with low levels of vitamin D which are frequently observed among children who are obese. Hence, this leads to a potential development of type-2 diabetes among these children.

The new study which is scheduled for publication in the January issue of of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism involved the analysis and examination of data gathered from about 411 children who are categorized based on their BMI as obese.

Also, an addition of 87 children who were not categorized as obese was also included in the study. The researchers have done series of tests which deemed to measure the vitamin D levels, blood sugar levels, body mass index (BMI), serum insulin, and blood pressure of the study participants.  Also, researchers asked the children about their daily food consumption of vegetables, fruits, milk, juice, and soda.

Researchers found out that those children who are obese with lower vitamin D levels had an elevated percentage of insulin resistance as compared to other children.

Moreover, according to lead author, Dr. Micah Olson, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said in a news release from the Endocrine Society, he said: “Although our study cannot prove causation, it does suggest that low vitamin D levels may play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.” Thus, future researches should be conducted in order to validate the findings of the study.





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