A day to recognize Vitamin D deficiency as a world health problem
‘So, what’s all this big fuzz around Vitamin D?’ ‘Why is it so important?’…Probably you have asked yourself those questions, seeing the increased amount of information and awareness initiatives that have surfaced in recent years. The answer is simpler and more important than what you may think too!
Doctors are beginning to discover that vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for many diseases, including heart disease and cancer. They are even discovering that vitamin D deficiency may make some diseases more severe, like respiratory diseases and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and lupus. Also, vitamin D can be an important piece in the treatment of some of those illnesses and diseases, including multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, asthma and many others!
And now, researchers agree that at least one-third of the world is deficient in vitamin D, and some scientists even think a greater percent of people are deficient in vitamin D. But…why are so many people deficient? We get vitamin D from sun exposure, and now more than ever, the world’s population lives an indoor lifestyle, avoiding the sun almost on a daily basis.
Optimize your Vitamin D levels in Boulder
Vitamin D is different from other vitamins, in the sense that it can be made by the human body when the skin is exposed to sunlight (UVB rays, to be more accurate). Other vitamins need to be absorbed from food, as the body can’t make them. The other aspect of Vitamin D that makes it unique is that whether we get it from sunlight or from supplements, it has to be changed by the body a number of times before it can be used, turning it into a hormone.
You can come to Veranda Sun for a controlled UV tanning session to help your body make its own Vitamin D. The UV light produced by a tanning bed is just like the one from summer sunlight: about 95% UVA and 5% UVB.