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Renowned Doctor Says Best Way to Obtain Crucial Vitamin D Is From Sun; but Still, Don't Forget Sunscreen
Date:3/4/2008

With More Than 50 percent of Americans Vitamin D Deficient, Dr. Karl Gruber Says the Sun is the Best Solution - but for Only 10 Minutes Weekly; Wear Sunscreen With UVA and UVB Protection to Avoid Melanoma and Premature Aging

CHARLESTON, S.C., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- As many as half of all U.S. children and adults are vitamin D deficient and new evidence shows a link between low vitamin D levels and cancer, autoimmune and infectious diseases, according to experts. Researchers and doctors say the vitamin D problem can be solved if people spend more time outside on a sunny day.

Karl Gruber, M.D., a South Carolina-based surgical pathologist and CEO of LUCA Sunscreen, providing the highest UVA rating available, agrees that the sun can help people reap the benefits of vitamin D, but not without precaution.

"There's no doubt the sun is the quickest way to obtain important vitamin D," says Dr. Gruber. "However, to simply prescribe sunshine without prescribing sunscreen is irresponsible. It's imperative that people understand that ample vitamin D is produced with finite limited amounts of UVB rays, but there are no beneficial effects from the more dangerous UVA rays. People need to block the UVA rays with sunscreen everyday -- even when trying to obtain vitamin D from the sun."

Vitamin D is produced by exposure to the sun's UVB rays. According to Dr. Gruber, the SPF system rates a sunscreen's protection from these rays. For example, an SPF 15 blocks 94 percent of the sun's UVB rays so a person wearing an SPF 15 sunscreen will need to stay in the sun for two hours to obtain the vitamin D benefits they would receive in eight minutes without sunscreen protection. Although a person obtains UVB exposure while wearing sunscreen, they increase their risk of exposure to dangerous UVA rays that are closely linked to melanoma and premature aging.

Dr. Gruber suggests that people concerned about getting enough vitamin D should plan 10 minutes of s
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