Woman's Doctor: It's important to maintain enough vitamin D, healthy weight – WBAL TV Baltimore
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Doctors stressed the importance of having enough vitamin D and maintaining a healthy weight.
Dr. Jessica Cutler, a weight loss surgeon at The Maryland Bariatric Center at Mercy Medical Center, said vitamin D helps bodies absorb calcium, which is important for bone health and immune system function, among other things. And, excess fat may work against vitamin D.
“There have been some studies lately showing that women who are overweight are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D. Now, we don’t know if one of those things tends to cause the other, but we do know as women are able to lose weight, sometimes their vitamin D levels do seem to improve,” Cutler said.
Cutler said vitamin D is made naturally in the body through a combination of sunlight and eating certain foods, including some fatty fishes, milk and other dairy products fortified with vitamin D.
Cutler suggested at least 15 minutes of sunlight every day.
Patients may need a supplement if their doctor checks and finds their vitamin D levels are low.
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