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Friday, February 22, 2008

One Vitamin Keeps Weight Off Women?

It's a cruel fact of life that postmenopausal women typically gain weight--even if they keep up with their diet and exercise routine. Now comes word from researchers at Kaiser Permanente Northern California in Oakland that calcium and vitamin D may slow down or even stop that weight gain.

The study: Led by Dr. Bette Caan, the Kaiser team randomly assigned 36,282 postmenopausal women to take either 1,000 milligrams of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D daily or placebo pills. The women, who were participants in the Women's Health Initiative, were all between the ages of 50 and 79.

The results: After three years, the women who took the calcium and vitamin D supplements were five percent less likely to have gained between two and seven pounds and six percent less likely to have gained more than seven pounds, compared with those who took the placebo. In addition, those who took the supplements were more likely to have maintained a stable weight or even lost more than two pounds. The effect persisted throughout the seven years of the study. Interestingly, among the women who had been receiving adequate amounts of calcium when the study started, the calcium and vitamin D supplements had no effect on their weight.

Why? Calcium and vitamin D work together to control the metabolism of fat. In addition, there is some evidence that calcium reduces fatty acid absorption and promotes fat expulsion through the intestines, although studies on this have had mixed results. "Our findings do not alter current dietary recommendations," Caan wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine, noting that cutting calories and boosting activity remain the most important ways to control or lose weight. "Postmenopausal women should continue to be advised to consume 1,200 milligrams per day of calcium as recommended by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences," she added.

courtesy of: Netscape.com

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