Improper Use of Sunscreen Associated with Vitamin D Deficiency
A clinical review, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, finds that about 1 billion people around the globe may experience vitamin D deficiency or be insufficient of vitamin D levels because of chronic disease and improper sun exposure connected to sunscreen use.
Moreover, the study found that 95% of African American adults may be vitamin D deficient or have insufficient levels of the vitamin.
A researcher on this study Kim Pfotenhauer, DO, assistant professor at Touro University, explains: “People are spending less time outside and, when they do go out, they’re typically wearing sunscreen, which essentially nullifies the body's ability to produce vitamin D. While we want people to protect themselves against skin cancer, there are healthy, moderate levels of unprotected sun exposure that can be very helpful in boosting vitamin D.”
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