Sunblock & Vitamin D

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Yup. I supplement with D in the winter (live in Alberta so I have to since it’s winter for like 6 months).

Didn’t read the article you posted, but I think they say 10 minutes a day of unprotected sun exposure is ideal to get enough D. It definitely is a balance.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I just found out recently how important Vit D is… and I try to get as much of it from sunlight as I can. I wear sunblock, but not during the winter and not unless I’m going out for extended periods.

I think the “always wear sunscreen” thing was actually more to prevent wrinkles! (which, oddly enough, act as a sort of sunblock themselves haha) Even though it’s also to prevent melanoma, which oddly enough… your risk for getting it is also thought to be affected by Vit D levels.
It’s a very strange circle!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@urchin:  I live in ND, so sunshiney days are few and far between. Plus we typically have long winters, so I devloped a Vit D deficinecy a few months ago. I have to take Vit D every morning. My levels were at 11 and now they are on the rise. Still very low, but I am continuing to take it.

I don’t wear sunscreen unless I am in the sun extrended periods of time.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

At this lattitude it’s difficult to get enough sun.  I think it’s easier to just supplement.

Post # 7
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1287 posts
Bumble bee

I rarely see the sun because I work a lot.  My doctor told me to take D3, 2000 MGs a day.  It’s also good for the bones, hair, nails and skin.   I’ve been on it for a year now and saw improvements in my skin, nails and my hair has grown like crazy since last november.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@urchin:  Vitamin D deficiency is most certainly an epidemic in North America. I’m not one for conspiracy theories, but I do think that skincare companies are making a pretty penny off scare tactics. I used to work for Clinique (obviously a major skincare company).  We were encouraged to sell sunscreen in addition to every item the customer wanted. 

When you get right down to it, Mother Nature did not create human beings to be nocturnal. We can tolerate the sun. Plenty of it. Use common sense so you don’t burn but don’t deny sun exposure completely.

Post # 9
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1938 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I would much rather give my children a vitamin D supplement and protect them from the sun’s damage then not put on sunblock to allow for vitamin D.

Post # 10
mswallabyBee
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@PuntaCanaBride:  +1.

My friend’s FI died of skin cancer a couple years ago. To me the risk of skin cancer outweighs vitamin D, which you can get through supplements.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have a serious bone condition that I was born with. Since I can remember doctors, most of them at Hopkins, have told me (or told my parents) to eat lots of broccoli and to sit in the sun for 15 minutes a day. Best sources of calcium and D. You don’t have to sit in the sun all day to get the amount you need.

Post # 12
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10493 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@Mrs. Wallaby:  I disagree, especially for young children.  I would put a severe vitamin D deficiency for a young child ahead of the risk of skin cancer.  It doesn’t need to be made into an either/or situation though.  Giving a vitamin D supplement isn’t going to raise the risk of skin cancer.

Post # 13
mswallabyBee
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@AB Bride:  Oh, I meant it’s much better to protect a child with sunblock and give them Vitamin D supplements, than to skip the sunblock and put the child at risk of skin cancer. Agreed, it doesn’t have to be either/or!

Post # 14
cherrypieBee
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

You can get sufficient vitamin D absorbtion from light in your eyes alone. I woudn’t risk skin damage with tons of sun exposure, but a little is always nice. I live in Seattle and rarely wear sunblock even in the summer, but I still supplement with 5000 IUs of Vitamin D a day. Some people have a difficult time building adequate stores regardless of how much UV light they get.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I just recently was able to move from a prescription Vitamin D (once a week) to regular Vitamin D (I take 2000 IU, I think). I have to really minimize my sun exposure due to a health issue (sun can make me go out of remission – so not worth it for me personally). 

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