According to a recent study, obese teens do not receive any benefits for the heart health or reduction in diabetes risk with Vitamin D


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A new research has shown that Vitamin D does not benefit obese teens in reducing diabetes risk or improving the heart health.

In fact, Vitamin D supplements have little to no effect in adolescents, researchers from the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center have found. HealthDay reported Vitamin D could have unplanned outcomes of increasing cholesterol and triglycerides in the body of teens.

Dr. Seema Kumar, pediatric endocrinologist in the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, declared in a statement that teenagers showed no changes after having Vitamin D supplements. No links have been found yet between deficiency in Vitamin D and chronic diseases, she added.

Four medical trials and six published studies were evaluated by Kumar and her team, reported Medical News Today. According to the Journal of American Medical Association, it has been released that one in five American teens are obese and more than one third are overweight. Links between Vitamin D deficit and weight related medical complications have been noted over several observational studies. These complications include heart related diseases and insulin resistance. That is why caregivers and providers start with high dose supplementation to reverse or slow down complications associated with obesity.

Dr Kumar added to his statement of his surprise that more health benefits have not been found when teens take Vitamin D supplements at practical doses. It is not bad to have these supplements after knowing the fact that obese adolescents have a deficit of Vitamin D. Kumar and his team is still finding out how these supplements is useful for improving the overall health in adolescents.

Some studies in the past showed a link between vitamin D intake and an improved vascular function. Hence, Kumar reportedly said in his statement that parents or providers are motivated by this fact to increase the daily quota 5 to 10 times more than the required daily intake. However, it has been noticed that overdose of Vitamin D could lead to poor appetite, vomiting and kidney complications.

Kumar thinks it is the right time to invest in large, placebo-controlled studies to determine the long-term effects Vitamin D supplementation could have on kids and teens, according to HealthDay.