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Vitamin D Sun Exposure Calculator
Does the body store the vitamin d made in summer from sun exposure through the winter? Or must you have constant exposure to maintain levels
You must have: Constant exposure to the sun, or take dietary vit D3. ...Read more
Sunburn results when the amount of exposure to the sun or other ultraviolet light source exceeds the ability of the body's protective pigment, melanin, to protect the skin. Sunburn in a very light-skinned person may occur in less than 15 minutes of midday sun exposure, while a dark-skinned person may tolerate the ...Read more
Is it critical to get 600 IU vitamin D daily? Can I make up deficits with a long walk in the sun once a week? Or do I need sun exposure daily?
Vitamin D: Vitamin D at 500 is sufficient but it should not trouble you going for a walk ...Read more
15 minutes 3x/wk: Adequate vitamin d can be produced by sunshine exposure 3 times a week for 15 minutes each time wearing a bathing suit and without sunscreen. ...Read more
Is it true that you can only benefit from sun exposure to get vitamin D during spring/summer (in USA) when sun is at a higher angle in the sky?
Vitamin D synthesis: Is best in US in spring/summer. Even then wear as little as possible and be in sun for about 15-20 minutes daily. Get your Vitamin D3 level checked by doc and supplement is best for this country. The darker the skin the more the need. Peace and good health. Experts suggest a level of 50-80. ...Read more
Summer is finally here and that means more sun exposure! During the winter my Dr put me on Vitamin D pills. Safe 2 continue taking or stop taking?
Talk to your: Prescribing physician for best answer as each case is different ...Read more
Can my body still make vitamin d if I take a shower immediately after sun exposure? My dr. Insists that I need to wait a few hours before I shower.
3 months april-september. 30 min sun exposure at noon 4x/week. No sunscreen (for vitamin d) my skin is thicker and brown. Is it damaged?
Yes: Darkening of the skin as a result of sun exposure is a symptom of skin damage and the body's attempt to mitigate this damage. In miami you probably should be getting no more than 10-15 minutes of unscreened sun exposure a day for vitamin d production. Taking supplements would be another alternative if you are relatively fair skinned. ...Read more
I've had like one day of sun exposure in the past 3 months or more. I'm a black man, can I be vitamin d deficient? Ps, I have a bad diet.
How long and how often should get a sun exposure to get Vitamin D? I work in an office & don't get much sun. Is it true I should have calcium together?
This depends on your latitude, time of year, your skin pigmentation & how much skin is exposed. It D helps us absorb calcium but many get enough calcium via diet. It's more important to take Vit K. If you don't get enough sun take 5-8000 iu of Vit D/day.
See http://www. Vitamindcouncil. Org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/
It's wise to test your Vit D levels; 50-80 is ideal. ...Read more
So I have been diagnosed with vitamin d deficiency and I am only 20 y/o male. How can I increase vitamin d other than sun exposure? Through food?
D3, 5000-8000 IU day: When diet and sun exposure are insufficient to raise vitamin d levels many physicians recommend a daily dose of 5, 000-8, 000 iu of vitamin d3. Once 25 hydroxy vitamin d levels reach 60 - 80, the daily dose (5, 000-8, 000) is usually cut in half and the patient followed to ensure the new dose is able to maintain therapeutic vitamin d levels. ...Read more
My vitamin d was so low cleveland clinic has be take 50000 units a week for 8 weeks. That brought it up to the bottom of the range. I now take 10000 per day to maintain my level. Why do I need so much. I get regular sun exposure?
Probably don't need: There I s much debate regarding how much vitamin d a person needs. Some say below 10 is deficiency, others below 30, while even others say below 40. It is fat soluble vitamin which means it may be stored in fat and not always detectable in the blood. Try wild salmon and fortified foods and don't exceed 1, 000 iu per day. If you don't have any symptoms that should be okay. Try another lab as well. ...Read more
Supplements are best: Though sun exposure will potentially help the body create vitamin D, the newest research suggests that sunlight is inadequate for vitamin D synthesis in most regions of the world and for people of darker complexions this is an even greater problem. With modern vitamin D supplements, there really is no reason to rely on sunlight alone to get vitamin D levels up. Skin cancer risk is another reason. ...Read more
What is the best time for sun-exposure in patient with vitamin D deficiency? In iraq and Eastern populations?
The sun has to be fairly high in the sky, at least 50 degrees above the horizon, for UVB rays that are needed to produce Vit D to reach the ground, so mid-day is the best time.
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From about 10/10 to early March the sun is never that high so the only way to get adequate D is to supplement- I advise 5000 iu/day.
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Why is it dat some people develop vitamin D deficiency while others dont? While they live in d same area, hv the same sun exposure, weight & complexion
Minor mystery: There are a couple of genes that differ from person to person in the way vitamin D is made and processed. This may be the explanation. Or this may simply be one of the tremendous number of mysteries that puzzle people who work in public health. The key is to supplement unless you get plenty of sunlight and/or have plenty of vitamin d in your diet. Best wishes. And GOOD question! ...Read more
You often can't: However a low vitamin d level is not the cause of your pain. Have it evaluated. If you need vitamin d take a pill. ...Read more
Can I prevent rickets in my exclusively breast-fed child through sun exposure alone? I exclusively breast-feed my son. Is it possible to prevent rickets with sun exposure instead of giving him vitamin d drops?
Probably yes: Rickets is a metabolic bone disease related to vitamin D deficiency. It is associated with severe malnutrition, and on rare conditions, genetic defects of metabolism. Vitamin D is necessary to convert calcium to its usable, absorbable form. There are dietary sources of vitamin D as well as vitamin D conversion with sunlight exposure. Unless your child is severely malnourished, they should be ok. ...Read more
Is Vitamin d deficiency related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome? If one has adequate sun exposure, wat else could b the reasons for vitamin D deficiency?
Liver and kidney: The active vitamin D is made from a precursor compound in the skin which, upon exposure to sun light, is converted into an intermediate metabolite that in turn needs to be further metabolized in the liver and finally in the kidney. Problem anywhere along this path can cause deficiency ...Read more
During the spring, summer, and fall, 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm is sufficient for adequate vitamin d synthesis in light skinned individuals. Individuals with darker skin require three to six times as much sun exposure as a light-skinned individual to achieve equivalent vitamin d concentrations.
For white infants, 2 hours per week fully clothed with no hat. ...Read more
Will laying out in sun w proper body exposure for 20 min be just as effective as taking vitamin d pill? How many iu d u get from 20m sun?
6w baby takes 18-24 oz of formula per day as suggested by pediatrician. Due to heat rash, not too much sun exposure. Does she need vitamin Do suppl?
Do you recommended taking some vitamins such as CoQ10, Vitamin E, C, B12, K2, D3, and probiotics and laxatives for constipation in Parkinson? Also is sun exposure dangerous in PD in terms of increasing free radicals in body or is it good for Vit D? Thx
All except laxatives:
Are fine, though there is not much evidence that vit E is helpful. Except Exercise! That is apparently emerging as one of the most helpful things you can do for PD AND the good news for you is it also helps constipation.
You should of course drink LOTS of fluids and eat fruits, veg, and fiber. If you must take a laxative, use a fiber laxative. Good luck! ...Read more
I have low Vitamin D. I get little to no sunlight exposure. I need about 7, 000iu per day. I have 10, 000iu capsules. Can I take 100, 000iu every 2 weeks?
Vitamin D: 7000 units per day is unnecessary. 1000 units per day should suffice. 7000 units once every week is also OK. ...Read more
Causes of vitamin D def:
1- darker skin
2- obesity (fat cells extracts Vit D from bloodstream)
3- lack of Vit D in diet, especially if u r vegetarian
4- Kidney disease
5- your gut cannot absorb vit D, in diseases like Crohn dx, Celiac dx the intestine cannot absorb nutrient.
6- limited exposure to the sun.
Hope this helps u. ...Read more
How much sunlight exposure a day is actually healthy without applying sunscreen? Have vitamin d deficiency and acne. Use SPF 30 moisturizer everyday.
The CDC (Center for: Disease control) indicates 'unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun's uv rays in as little as 15 minutes (esp. From 10am-4pm). Yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure.' spf30 is good and take vitamin d supplementation as directed by your physician based on your specific deficiency. Best regards for a sunny but protected future. ...Read more
Sunlight helps: Vitamin d3 is made in the skin when 7-dehydrocholesterol reacts with ultraviolet light of uvb type at wavelengths between 270 and 300 nm, with peak synthesis occurring between 295 and 297 nm. These wavelengths are present in sunlight when the uv index is greater than three, which occurs daily within the tropics and daily during the spring and summer seasons in temperate regions. ...Read more
No foods have adequate vitamin d (though cod liver oil might be best), so the best way to insure you get enough is to take 5-10, 000 iu of vit. D3 a day. This is the dose needed by most adults to achieve optimal blood levels of 50-60. See http://bit. Ly/1dc7vna
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Yes: Active vitamin d is produced in the body after exposure to sunlight. If you live in south florida you have tropical weather pretty much all year and if you live in north or central fl you have subtropical weather conditions. This should be enough as long as you have most of your body exposed to the sun for at 15-20 minutes. Check this video I made about vitamin d: http://otwithmd. Com/vitamin-d/. ...Read more
Insect screens: Nope. Not as long as you can get sun through them (ie netting screens block insects, but not much sun). So you should be able to get your vitamin D. Be careful about excess sub exposure, which can cause skin cancer :/. Try using a timer & applying sun screen with that bug spray :) ...Read more