Vitamin D may be harmful for obese teenagers

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ROCHESTER, Minn., Aug. 17 (UPI) – Vitamin D supplements showed no benefit for heart health or lowering the risk for diabetes in obese teenagers, and may increase cholesterol and triglycerides for them, according to a recent small study.

While vitamin D is increasingly being used in doses 5- to 10-times its recommended daily intake as a homeopathic or complementary treatment for obesity, the science is not entirely clear.

Previous studies have linked vitamin D deficiency with obesity, as well as complications of obesity just as cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance, but the risks of developing toxicity from taking too much of the supplements are real.

“After three months of having vitamin D boosted into the normal range with supplements, these teenagers showed no changes in body weight, body mass index, waistline, blood pressure or blood flow,” said Dr. Seema Kumar, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic’s Children’s Center, in a

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