Why Tanning Is An Unsafe Way To Get Vitamin D

I made this video while at the Lance Armstrong Foundation Headquarters in Austin, TX to help people understand why tanning is an unsafe way to get your vitamin D.

  • Your skin needs UVB to make vitamin D.
  • Many tannning beds use little or no UVB, so they wouldn’t increase your vitamin D levels.
  • Tanning beds increase your risk for melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma skin cancers.
  • Vitamin D3 supplements at doses of 1,000 to 2,000 IU are readily available.
  • Supplements have been proven to safely increase and maintain high levels of vitamin D.

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4 thoughts on “Why Tanning Is An Unsafe Way To Get Vitamin D”

  1. Thank you. I get tired of people saying “but vitamin D!” in defense of tanning.

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  3. You can get the required dose of vitamin D from sun exposure. But too much of it is not good – it can lead to skin cancer. If you want to be in the sun and use a lot of sun block, you might not get the required dosage. Some foods are rich in vitamin D. There are supplements (powders and pills, etc.) also available that can give you the required dosage, thus helping you avoid symptoms like depression.

  4. On the topic of Vitamin D, the importance of vitamin D in the development of cancer was further confirmed by a a 2009 study from Sylvia Chistakos, Ph.D., of the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Her research, published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, showed that the active form of vitamin D induces the creation of a protein that can stop the growth of breast cancer cells.

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