The Vitamin “D”ilemma

The Vitamin “D”ilemma

By’s Victoria Atkinson

Vitamin D is now a hot topic, and not just because it as known as the sunshine vitamin.

According to James E. Dowd, MD, author of “The Vitamin D Cure,” the majority of Americans are Vitamin D deficient.

Low levels of this vitamin have correlated with an increase in cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, obesity and autoimmune diseases.

More than 90 percent of our total supply comes from the ultraviolet light of the sun.

The dilemma is that some people are exposed to too many harmful rays, whether natural or artificial.

Others are not getting enough sun either because they lather up in SPF or they are not outside enough.

Dowd’s book suggests spending time outside getting natural sunlight to achieve ample Vitamin D levels.

“Physicians should check Vitamin D levels as routinely as they check cholesterol and blood pressure,” said Dowd.

Linda Margusity was diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency and was recommended to begin a vitamin regimen.

“I believe it is easier to get Vitamin D through a supplement because you need direct rays to get it through the sun,” said Margusity.

The rays we need only hit at certain times of the year and in certain parts of the world.

“I am not going to stand outside in the winter every day for 10 minutes,” said Margusity. “If our plants don’t grow because there isn’t enough direct sunlight, how are we going to get enough Vitamin D?”

When outside in the sun, some are covering up their skin with sunscreen or makeup with high levels of SPF. After all of the years being told to lather up with sunblock, is it wiser to go without?

The Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF) does not recommend being in ultraviolet light without any sun protection.

“Our knowledge of the dangers associated with UVA rays has grown significantly over the last few decades,” said Perry Robins, MD, President, SCF. “We now know that UVA plays a direct role in skin cancer comparable to that of UVB.”

The SCF urges people to use a complete program of sun protection. Seeking shade, using protective clothing and sunglasses, and applying sunscreen are all important.

Obtaining Vitamin D from fortified juices or milk, fatty fish, or taking a vitamin supplement is smartest, according to the SCF.

“I would much rather take a supplement than get skin cancer,” Margusity said.


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