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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can going in the sun correct a vitamin d deficiency?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
It will help: Sun exposure not enough to correct vitamin d deficiency.
Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
Pediatric Endocrinology 28 years experience
Depends...: Theoretically on level of your deficiency, amount of sunlight exposure you need etc...But recommended is treatment with vit d under medical supervision.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

How did i get a vitamin d deficiency when i was in the sun this season?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Frederick Singer
Endocrinology 58 years experience
Sun screen?: If you cover your exposed skin with sunscreen you would block vitamin d production in the skin. Also if you don't have enough skin exposed to the sun you would not produce enough vitamin d.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it true that the sun can help get rid of vitamin d deficiency?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Yes: It is true. Vit d is otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin. You have to balance getting enough sun to raise your vitamin d levels but not enough to cause skin cancer i.E melanoma. Sunscreen on you will negate the vitamin d effect.
Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
Holistic Medicine 32 years experience
This si the paradox of our current era... Large scale findings of low Vit D levels in USA citizens and the need for more sun exposure (3o minutes daily) vs worries about increased incidence of Skin Cancer. So, it currently looks like Vit D3 supplementation is indicated.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to correct vitamin d deficiency?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Variable: Duration of corrective treatment varies depending upon the cause leading to vitamin d deficiency, e.g., nutritional deficiency vs inability to activate vitamin d. For nutritional vitamin d deficiency, high-dose vitamin d, 2, 000 to 5, 000 iu/day, is given over 4-6 week.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Where do I go to get tested for a vitamin d deficiency?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Your PCP: Your primary care physician can easily run a simple blood test.
A 29-year-old member asked:

If I have a vitamin d deficiency, will sitting in the sun more often help me get more vitamin d?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
About 5-30 minutes: Twice a week . Your body makes vitamin d when your skin is exposed to the ultraviolet b rays in sunlight. You probably need from 5 to 30 minutes of exposure to the skin on your face, arms, back or legs (without sunscreen) two times every week. Since exposure to sunlight is a risk for skin cancer, you should use sunscreen after a few minutes in the sun.

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