OTTAWA, June 10, 2011 /CNW/ - The debate about vitamin D and sun
exposure has been ongoing and the Canadian Dermatology Association
(CDA) hopes to clear up some of the confusion.
"Canadians are getting a lot of mixed messages when it comes to vitamin
D and some information can be quite misleading," says Dr. Ian Landells,
President of the Canadian Dermatology Association. "These include
statements from the tanning industry that tanning beds are a safe way
to produce vitamin D."
The CDA, along with Health Canada and the World Health Organization,
strongly recommend tanning beds not be used as a means to produce
vitamin D, as it greatly increases a person's risk of developing skin
Not only are tanning beds dangerous but they are an inefficient way to
produce vitamin D because they emit mainly UVA rays, while it is UVB
rays that stimulate the production of vitamin D in the skin. The
regular use of tanning beds can lead to the development of skin cancer
as well as premature photoaging. Skin cancer can also result in
possible disfigurement from treatment and premature death if a melanoma
is not detected and treated early.
Alternative methods to safely acquire vitamin D include choosing a diet
with foods rich in vitamin D or by simply taking a vitamin supplement.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM), an independent, non-profit
organization, released its Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) for Vitamin D and Calcium in November 2010, which took into account almost 1,000 published
studies as well as testimony from scientists and stakeholders. The IOM
acknowledges the sun's involvement in the production of vitamin D in
the skin, though made its DRI recommendations of 400 to 600 IUs of
vitamin D based on the needs of those people who minimize their sun
Most Canadians receive enough sun exposure during their day-to-day
activities in the spring through the fall to maintain adequate levels
of vitamin D. For the long Canadian winters, the IOM also echoes the
CDA's position that those who are concerned about their vitamin D
levels should opt for a supplement or a change in diet.
For more information about vitamin D or sun awareness week, please visit
www.dermatology.ca or find CDA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CdnDermatology.
The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents
Canadian dermatologists. The association exists to advance the science
and art of medicine and surgery related to the health of the skin, hair
and nails; provide continuing professional development for its members;
support and advance patient care; provide public education on sun
protection and other aspects of skin health; and promote a lifetime of
healthy skin, hair and nails.
SOURCE Canadian Dermatology Association
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