Vitamin D and Sunscreen

 

The North East has seen widespread vitamin D deficiency as a result of people spending less time exposed to the sun.  Adequate amounts of sunshine enhance biochemical pathways which regulate the circadian rhythm in the body which is responsible for the production of vitamin D and is also needed to strengthen bones and boost the immune system.

Low levels of vitamin D are a risk factor for developing cancer.  Studies have shown that moderate sun exposure actually reduces the rate of skin cancer ...

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Weighing the Value of Vitamin D

Although the amount of vitamin D adults get from their diet is often less than what’s recommended, exposure to sunlight can make up for the difference. However, not all people are living in regions that will provide enough exposure to the sun. Older adults and people with dark skin may not get enough vitamin D. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for adults is 600 IU of vitamin D a day which increases with age Some foods rich in vitamin D ...

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Vitamin D and B12

On a daily basis, we have patients ask about the value of vitamins D and B12. They are concerned that a deficiency may be the cause of some of their illnesses. It turns out that their concerns are absolutely valid. Deficiencies of these vitamins are often responsible for a wide variety of chronic symptoms. We make sure that our patients are screened for such deficiencies and make recommendations for appropriate levels of supplement if the vitamin ...

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