London: A new piece of research has found a rise in Vitamin D deficiency in the wake of public health warnings that exposure to ultraviolet rays via sunlight may lead to skin cancer.
Dr Bataille feels that people can make enough vitamin D from just 15 minutes exposure to sunlight while wearing a T-shirt, but this would need to be increased for those with dark skin or during the winter months when sunlight is lower. Another study from University College London has shown that 20 percent of women and 12 per cent of men are presently classed as being clinically vitamin D deficient, while levels of the vitamin in nearly two thirds of women and 57 percent of men are "insufficient". Dr Vasant Hirani, who led the study, added: "The advice on sun exposure does need to be clarified." However, Nina Goad, from the British Association of Dermatologists, said that she doubted public health messages were responsible for causing vitamin D deficiency. "Vitamin D deficiency is likely to be due to our lifestyles meaning we spend a lot of time indoors, to a lack of vitamin D in our diets, and to our climate meaning we have limited sun exposure for much of the year," she said. A spokesman for the Health Protection Agency said: "We are not saying that people should avoid all sunlight. Indeed a small amount can help to maintain vitamin D levels. Sunbathing incurs the potential hazard without adding to vitamin D levels." ANI
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