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Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 Nov;19(11):2228-34. doi: 10.1038/oby.2011.170. Epub 2011 Jun 23.

Vitamin D in adipose tissue and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D after roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

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Department of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


Vitamin D is stored in body fat. The purpose of this study was to determine vitamin D concentration in abdominal fat of obese patients who underwent roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), and to describe changes in serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels in relation to loss of body fat. Subjects from a single clinic who were scheduled for RYGB were invited into the study. Abdominal subcutaneous, omental, and mesenteric fat were obtained at time of surgery. Adipose vitamin D(2) and vitamin D(3) concentrations were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Weight and serum 25(OH)D were assessed at baseline and every 3 months up to 1 year. Seventeen subjects were included, and fat samples were available from eleven. Total vitamin D content in subcutaneous abdominal fat was 297.2 ± 727.7 ng/g tissue, and a wide range was observed (4-2,470 ng/g). Both vitamin D(2) and vitamin D(3) were detected in some of the fat samples. At baseline, 25(OH)D was 23.1 ± 12.6 ng/ml. Average weight loss was 54.8 kg at 12 months, of which ~40 kg was fat mass. Despite daily vitamin D intake of ≥2,500 IU throughout the study, no significant increase in serum 25(OH)D was observed, with mean serum concentration of 25(OH)D at 1 year of 26.2 ± 5.36 ng/ml (P = 0.58). We conclude that vitamin D in adipose tissue does not significantly contribute to serum 25(OH)D despite dramatic loss of fat mass after RYGB.

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