Everyone knows that while a layer of fat around the middle of our bodies might make us adorably cuddly, it comes with an array of risks. Now, alas, there’s another one to add to that list. It turns out that being that extra bit chunky in the midriff means we have less vitamin D. That’s right – that precious vitamin that keeps our bones healthy and comes with a whole raft of additional benefits is scarce in those who’ve piled on the pounds. It’s estimated that around twenty-five per cent of people in the UK are losing out because of weight-gain. So while you’re getting ready to book gay massage, why not reconsider that ice cream at the same time? Swap it for some watermelon instead, perhaps. The trouble is that as well as increasing your risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and stroke, an expanded waistline has been discovered, via research in Holland, to be connected to lower levels of the sunshine vitamin. What hasn’t been confirmed yet is exactly what’s going on in terms of cause/effect. Does lack of vitamin D contribute to people storing abdominal fat, or is it the other way around – does abdominal fat somehow diminish the body’s ability to store vitamin D?

What have these Dutchmen found?

The Dutch researchers advise anyone with a bigger than normal waistline to have their vitamin D levels checked by a health professional. In men, abdominal and liver fat is associated with lower levels of the vitamin while in women, it’s abdominal fat and overall fat. And we need our vitamin D. It’s precious because it helps reduce our risk of arthritis, Type 1 diabetes and asthma because of its wonderful anti-inflammatory effects. It gives our immune systems a boost, too. But here’s where it gets even more confusing. Vitamin D is, like vitamins E and A, a fat-soluble vitamin. It needs to be broken down by the fat in our bodies so that we can absorb and get the benefits from it. Vitamin D is stored in the fatty areas of the body. You could be forgiven for thinking, therefore, that the fatter you were, the better your vitamin D storage. But clearly that’s not the case.

An observational study that could help?!

The researchers made sure that they took into account other variables, such as chronic disease, alcohol consumption and exercise levels, before making their conclusions. Because the study was an observational one, the cause/effect direction cannot yet be confirmed, so the team is now going to embark on another round of research so that the precise relationship between fat and vitamin D can be discovered.

How exactly can gay massage help?

Other recent studies have found that vitamin D deficiency also causes hair loss, so the kindest thing you can do for yourself and your tresses is to take supplements, especially if you have dark skin or live somewhere where sunlight is in short supply. Gay massage London can do its part to look after your wellbeing, but nutritional health must be maintained so that a long and healthy life can be enjoyed to the full.

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