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African-American men living in poor sunlight areas at risk for vitamin D deficiency
Date:9/20/2011

us reducing the amount of vitamin D naturally produced.

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to multiple diseases, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, which is why Murphy believes it is essential to adjust recommendations to reflect differences between African Americans and European-Americans.

"Because we have a lot of special populations in the United States people who have darker skin, people who cover their skin for religious reasons and people who live in poor sunlight environments there shouldn't be uniform vitamin D recommendations for the entire population," he said.


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