Posts Tagged ‘osteoporosis’

Sun, cancer and vitamin D: American Academy of Dermatology releases position statement

Monday, December 8th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

The benefits of vitamin D are many.  Fighting off rickets, osteoporosis, cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart disease are just a few.  Used to, everyone got enough vitamin D from sunshine.  But, now, there is a problem.  Skin cancers, including the deadly melanoma, are on the rise, and UV sunlight is a major risk factor.  We don’t know how much sun we can get, if any, without an increased risk.  We are also not sure how much vitamin D is ideal, but the trend is for more.

What is a person to do?

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“Sun kills!” “Sun provides vitamin D!” How much is too much? The controversy.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

If you ask most dermatologists how much sun should you get, they’ll probably say “none.” In fact, a dermatology professor at a medical school was fired a few years back after publicly touting sun exposure for vitamin D a little too much.

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