American Academy of Dermatology Releases Statement on Sun Exposure, Vitamin D Levels

Recommends vitamin D through nutrition instead of sun 


American Academy of Dermatology President Brett M. Coldiron, MD, FAAD, released a statement on sun exposure and vitamin D levels.

The Journal of Internal Medicine published a recent study that suggested women who avoid sun exposure are twice as likely to die when compared to women who actually receive exposure. A statement from American Academy of Dermatology President Brett M. Coldiron, MD, FAAD, later clarified these findings.

The authors of the study have already emphasized the difficulty of distinguishing the consequences of unhealthy lifestyle choices and avoidance of the sun. This new statement from the AAD adds that the study also had no data on vitamin D supplementation or vitamin D levels.

Instead of attempting to get the majority of vitamin D through potentially dangerous, unprotected UV exposure, the AAD recommends a healthy diet that includes foods naturally rich in vitamin D, foods/beverages fortified with vitamin D and vitamin D supplements. With the public consciousness already tuned in to the dangers of UV radiation, the AAD is helping to remind people of what they can do in order to live a healthy lifestyle and practice safe protection along with it.

To read the full statement from the American Academy of Dermatology, click here.

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