Vitamin D: Look Beyond the Sun
Some people believe that by regularly using sunscreen, they miss out on Vitamin D, which is formed in the skin with the help of sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency is a serious issue, and people of color are at a higher risk for the condition. It can lead to osteoporosis, and some studies have associated Vitamin D deficiency with certain cancers, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and cardiovascular disease.
However, you can get enough Vitamin D while still protecting your skin from the sun’s rays by making it a part of your balanced diet. Make sure to consume foods high in Vitamin D, such as milk, orange juice, fortified cereals, and fish.
It may also be advisable to take a daily Vitamin D supplement (unless contraindicated by a medical condition). Speak with your health care provider to see which option is best for you, and don’t forget the sunscreen.
Article contributed by Miguel Sanchez, MD Chief of Dermatology, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
- Think you might have Vitamin D deficiency? Find a doctor in your area.