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Coinciding with the onset of the summer season, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has published recommendations on the safest ways of achieving vitamin D sufficiency.
The association has maintained its previous position which states that dietary sources as well as supplements are the best sources of vitamin D. By contrast, unprotected exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or indoor tanning devices is discouraged as it may elevate the risk of skin cancer.
At the same time, ADD emphasizes those who regularly use sunscreen or sun protective clothing may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency and should pay particular attention to proper supplementation.
"The vitamin D position statement supports the academy's long-held conviction on safe ways to get this important vitamin - through a healthy diet which incorporates foods naturally rich in vitamin D, vitamin D-fortified foods and beverages and vitamin D supplements," said Dr David M. Pariser, president of the academy.
The currently recommended intake levels established by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine may be revised upward due to evolving research on the benefits of vitamin D and studies which have found that average levels of the vitamin appear to have decreased in the U.S. between 1994 and 2004.
While the suggested daily dose has been 200 IUD, some researchers and health practitioners have been known to recommend up to 2,000 IUD.
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