Is it true that plenty of sun exposure is required to avoid vitamin D deficiency?


Research suggests that prolonged sun exposure does not increase levels of vitamin D because the body can only absorb a limited amount of vitamin D at a time. Prolonged sun exposure will, however, increase the risk of skin cancer and premature aging. Most people need about 10-20 minutes of sunlight a day to meet their vitamin D requirements. This varies slightly based on the lightness or darkness of your skin tone. You should get more than enough sun exposure walking to your corner store. If you think you could be at risk of a vitamin D deficiency speak to your healthcare provider.

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Jennifer Vander Zalm

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