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Dad4Ever
New research shows Vitamin D is really important to health.?
The problem is that almost all Vitamin D comes from exposure to the Sun, which also causes skin cancer. And sunscreen prevents you from gaining Vitamin D. What's the answer beyond "moderation in everything?"
                     




Cupcak3101
It's only if you sit in the sun too long.


baseballgurl
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I heard that too but you are only suppose to stay outside like for 15 minutes. That's all the time you need to get Vitamin D. You could also start taking vitamins.


Helen
The best way is to get sunshine during "safe hours" - in the early morning and in the afternoon. Try to avoid the exposure to the sun between 12 and 4pm.


firewind_985
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between 6-9 pm is a healthy time to indulge yourself in a healthy sun bath to increase intake of Vitamin D. after those times in the morning however, you will be subjected to harsh UV rays. If you think you missed early morning intake you can submerge yourself to the heat after 2:30 pm. you can stay until the sun comes down.

however, this still depends upon your geographical location. early sunrise and late sunset is my best bet.


carisawilbanks
You only need 5 to 10 minutes of direct sunlight each day to produce the Vitamin D your body needs.


chimp475
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You don't want to hear it, but with all the conflicting studies, moderation is the best answer. ie. Sun may not directly cause cancer after all, Sunscreen may be the biggest culprit, burning in youth is linked w/ the highest skin cancer in adults, etc. The media and the scientific community (for funding) exploits any given study. The "truth" may not come for 50 years or so as studies gather and technology increases. Everything you hear has SOME truth, but none of it is the whole and most precise truth. That comes with more time and experimentation. So be aware of any positives and negatives that come thru the media. But take it with a grain of salt. The best answer would be that the science community doesn't really know. As far as can be seen, Vit D in the diet is sufficient.

Education degree & current Molecular & Microbiology major


astle6666
ya, but not more than 15 minutes


cutebrownwow
i never knew Vitamin D comes from the sun, i just got fascinated. but u should only be exposed to sun for a short period of time since it can increase your chances of skin cancer


henrietta409
there isn't a better answer. Wear protective clothing if going out into sun, Sunscreen is vital, but of course not all the skin gets Sunscreen. Not to worry. Be moderate, be safe, and don't be sorry


SQL_DBA_Needs_Legal_Help_ASAP
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Be careful and consult a physician.

Listen to the answers here, but believe YOUR DOCTOR!


HelpExcel.com
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I've heard recent studies that have shown people who use sunblock have a greater chance of getting skin cancer than those who don't. I'd say, ensuring you don't burn is a good rule.


gina
Nothing in excess,the ancient greeks said.


JimmyR.com
like 10 minutes of walking outside clothed in the sun will get you enough Vitamin D for the day. Hours everyday without lotion in the sun can give you skin cancer and wrinkles. The more exposed the worse.


Fique
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The best sunshine is the morning time... At that time, it makes our bodies secretes Vitamin D... but not the sunbright at the noon...


B0FF0
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Limit your sun time to 15 or 20 minutes.


solidair_07
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you did'nt need to sit in the sun in 2 or more hours just sit there in the tmie zone check 7 to 8.


j-l
i think that it depends on the time of the day. they say that sunlight from 7-9 o clock is good to us. thats why babies must have sunlight at that time. but from 10-2 oclock in the afternoon is not good to us. it is where the uv rays of the sun is direct and strong. if you try to notice, sunlight in the morning feels good and relaxing while sunlight at noon hurts.


PinkKitt'n
Sure 10 mins. spent under the sun WIll get U your Vitamin D for the day, but I thought the best time to get your Vitamin D from the sun was right @ sunrise and anytime before 9 am in the morning? Anytime after that is A - SUN -BURN or mayB even worse...


I Know - Pick ME
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You need to sit, walk, jog, stand in sunlight for 5 minutes a day. Not long enough to get skin cancer.


ihelp
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Everything in moderation. But what is moderation when it comes to sun exposure? Especially since everyone is different. Some people are allergic to the sun. Some people are more prone to cancer than others.

Personally, I love being outside but haven't been much in several years now because of my jobs. I've noticed quite a change in my body as a result. I now burn quicker, I get sick more often and I'm not as energetic as I used to be.

I have many relatives that are 'outside people' and they haven't had skin cancer. There's only one person I know outside my family that got it but he has very fair skin naturally and burns easily.

I think it depends on your skin type, color and your sensativity to the sun.


higirl
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sunscreen CAUSES cancer. you know those people in africa who are out in the sun all day and NEVER get sunburned? my advice is to just sit in the sun for short periods of time.


Maxine
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I think my answer will get lost in the sea of answers, but here is the simplified medical answer.

We take in Vitamin D in the foods we eat, but it is an inactive form that our bodies can't use. Sunlight causes a chemical reaction that "activates" the Vit D to a form we can use. This is necessary for healthy bone growth and maintenance.

On the other hand, sunlight also causes damage to our DNA. The little damage to our DNA after a few minutes in the sun is no big deal. Our bodies can handle it & repair the DNA. The problem is when people spend hours in the sun without Sunscreen or proper protection. Our bodies' defense systems against damaged DNA are overwhelmed, and we are not able to repair all the DNA, which greatly increases the risk of skin cancer.

The point is to balance the benefits of sunlight with the detriments. Get a few minutes of sun each day, but don't bake in the sun. The above suggestions are all good. 5 min, 10 min, 15 min of sun a day are all reasonable.

And yes, as someone mentioned above, the risk/benefit ratio of sunlight does depend on race or color of skin too.


hobo
everything in moderation...


shadowredwood
here some advice get a nice tan but DON'T CATCH YOUR HAIR ON FIRE!!!


LAZY & PROUD
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JUst dont stay in the sun for too long.


Granny Fran
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Well, I'm one who has had skin cancer, and I've spent a lot of time in the sun during my life so far, a lot of it without sunscreens. In fact, I've baked in the sun coated with olive oil many a time. This was way before all the warnings about skin cancer and such.

Personally, I think that Vitamin D is best obtained by spending a few minutes in the sun a few times a week. Shake and bake is not a good thing.

When you're in the sun for longer periods of time - use the Sunscreen and/or wear long sleeves, hats, whatever to prevent mega-doses of UV that can cause skin cancer. Otherwise, a short time here and there in the sun will give you your Vitamin D dose, and just make you feel better in general.

Skin cancer is no fun- it's disfiguring and scars you for life.

:)


Giggly Giraffe
Evidence continues to mount in support of the obvious link between Vitamin D and getting the right amount of sunshine so the body can naturally produce it. And unlike other medical fads that boomed and bombed, this evidence is strong and keeps growing.

In fact, the concept questions the longstanding conventional belief that people need to coat themselves with Sunscreen whenever they're in the sun.

The "Sunshine Vitamin"... Vitamin D bears the nickname the "sunshine vitamin" because the skin produces it from ultraviolet rays. Researchers believe slapping on Sunscreen may actually contribute to far more cancer deaths than it prevents as doing so blocks this vital vitamin production.

Thus, while dermatologists and health agencies have long touted that such lotions are needed to prevent skin cancer, some scientists are now challenging that advice. Their main argument: Vitamin D is important for preventing and treating many types of cancer; studies have found it helped protect against lymphoma, as well as cancers of the: Prostate, Lung, Skin, Colon.

In fact, one Harvard professor offered such compelling evidence in a recent study -- Vitamin D may prevent 30 deaths for each one caused by skin cancer -- that the American Cancer Society is now reconsidering its own sun guidelines.

Getting Enough Sunshine...Many people struggle with getting enough Vitamin D. Many scientists believe 15 minutes or so a few times a week of "safe sun" (void of Sunscreen) is both achievable and healthful. However, the lack of consensus on how much Vitamin D is needed, along with the optimal way to get it, still remains.

Why? Because even with sunshine recommendations, the amount needed would depend on, among other factors, the: Season, Skin color, Time of day, Location a person lives in.

Researchers are concerned that people -- after hearing the health benefits of reaping sunshine -- may overdo it. Therefore, experts recommend moderation with sun exposure until more evidence is presented


blondegyrl04
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guess what?
sitting in the sun, makes your body at high risk for skin cancer, but low risk for internal cancers.
so wear your sunblock and it takes care of both


drsuria_cbe
Vitamin D is synthesised in the skin by irradiation of the sunlight. It should be optimal - Only in the morning and evening. The ultra violet rays in thes unlight if exposed too much and for a long period would cause cancer in the skin.


home schooling mother
My daughter's endocrinologist scolded me for using sun screen on my daughter (then 3) whenever she went out in the sun. He said that in many parts of the country there just isn't enough sunshine. He said that Sunscreen DOES prevent you from absorbing Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is crucial to bone development and may even be more important than Calcium to our older population. Our daughter was taking prophylactic antibiotics, with a warning about the sun, and the doctor still gave the following advice: Take you daughter out in the sun every day for 15 minutes without Sunscreen.

For prolonged exposure, slather on the Sunscreen, put up the umbrella, wear a cover-up, and enjoy the day worry-free.


kristenlball
Ok, new research? I love it when they put that kind of spin on things! Regardless of the media, yes, Vitamin D is very important to your health. There are several different types of Vitamin D. Vitamin D2 comes from food, Vitamin D3 comes from the sun and Vitamin D5 is a synthetic form. Vitamin D3 is considered the natural form of D and is the most active. Exposing your face and arms to the sun for fifteen minutes three times a week (so 45 minutes a week, but it is safest if it is broken down into 15 minute incriments) should be adequate for most people to synthesize the sufficient amount of Vitamin D. You can get D2 from the following foods: Eggs, fish liver oil, butter, Cod Liver Oil, Dandelion greens, halibut, liver, milk, oatmeal, salmon, sardines, sweet potatoes, tuna, vegetable oil, Alfalfa, Horsetail (an herb), Nettle and Parsley. You should take Vitamin D with Calcium to prevent bone loss because Calcium is necessary for the absorption of D and if it isn't readily available, your body will take it from your bones.


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