According to Sign SanDiego Vitamin D is called the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s naturally produced in our skin after exposure to ultraviolet B light from the sun. Yet studies suggest much of the world’s population – young and old – is lacking in the nutrient, and that this deficiency is linked to a wide variety of diseases and conditions, from diabetes and multiple sclerosis to cancer and neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
Cedric F. Garland, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores UCSD Cancer Center, is a leading authority on vitamin D. He was among the first scientists to argue that vitamin D reduces the risk of a variety of cancers and that people don’t get enough of the nutrient.
While scientist are pretty sure that we do not get enough vitamin D, the alternatives are better than direct sunlight. Dr Stuart Kincaid warns his patients of the dangers of direct sunlight. Skin cancer and premature aging; just to name two conditions connected with too much sun exposure. Many patients are facelift candidates early as a result of extensive sun exposure. While there are skincare treatments for sun exposure the damage is often permanent and can only be minimized. Dr Stuart Kincaid urges his patients to avoid sun exposure and wear ample sunscreen.
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