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July 2008 Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource Highlights Vitamin D, Savvy Use of Sunscreen and Gastrointestinal Upset and Celiac Disease
Date:7/14/2008

t lower risk of multiple sclerosis in women who supplemented their diet each day with at least 400 international units (IU) of vitamin D.

Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease: Some research indicates that lower vitamin D levels are associated with a number of factors that affect cardiovascular health, including coronary artery calcification and, possibly, congestive heart failure.

So, how much vitamin D is enough? Recommendations from medical groups vary, but a daily intake in the range of 800 to 1,000 IU is likely to benefit most adults. The body produces vitamin D when exposed to ultraviolet rays, but many people need a supplement to reach recommended levels. Many multivitamins contain vitamin D. This nutrient also can be purchased alone or combined with calcium.

Savvy Use of Sunscreen Reduces the Risk of Getting Too Much Summer Sun

Sunning in the summer feels oh-so-good. But ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) light damage the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. UV exposure -- even when no sunburn occurs -- increases the risk of cancer.

Savvy use of sunscreen reduces the risk of damage from the sun's harmful rays. Apply about a palmful (1 ounce) of a water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher to your arms, legs, neck and face 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours, or more often if you're swimming or sweating.

According to the July issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource, when selecting a sunscreen, consider:

Forms: Options include lotions, creams, ointments, gels, wipes, wax sticks, sprays, lip balm and cosmetics. Choose the form that you'll use most often.

Types: Physical sunscreens form an opaque film that reflects or scatters UV light before it can penetrate the skin. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays before they can cause damage. Most newer su
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