Vitamin D

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  1. ru2religious

    ru2religious Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Your Health: Skin color matters in the vitamin D debate



    Can dark skin be a health hazard? It might be — if you are a dark-skinned person who lives far from the equator, gets little sun exposure and consumes little vitamin D.

    That describes many African Americans and helps explain why studies find that average African-American children and adults have much lower blood levels of the vitamin than white Americans do. Vitamin D is produced in response to sun exposure in a process that works most efficiently in pale skin. It's also in fortified dairy products and fatty fish, but few Americans — of any skin color — consume enough of those foods to meet recommendations.

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    Just how much vitamin D Americans need and how they should get it is under debate. Scientists also are debating evidence that vitamin D, best known for building bones, can lower the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other ailments.

    And they are asking this intriguing question: Could varying vitamin D levels contribute to the health gap between black and white Americans?

    Boston University professor Michael Holick, a leading vitamin D researcher, says yes: "We think it's why African Americans develop more prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer and get more aggressive forms of those cancers."

    John Flack, principal investigator at the Center for Urban and African American Health at Wayne State University, Detroit, says: "I think it's potentially a very important explanation for some of the differences, from hypertension to cancer to heart failure. The actual proof is not there, but it's plausible."

    But Flack adds that many factors contribute to African Americans' poorer health. Studies suggest those factors include reduced access to health care, pervasive barriers to healthful living (for example, neighborhoods that lack fresh groceries), differences in income and education and the stress of racial inequality itself.

    Solving those problems will be difficult, he says. Closing the vitamin D gap could be easier.

    It won't be as easy as recommending more sun exposure, however. Though someone in Boston with pale skin can get adequate vitamin D by exposing their arms and legs to the sun for 10 to 15 minutes twice a week in the summer, someone with the darkest skin might need two hours of exposure each time, Holick says. "It's impractical," he says, and it also darkens skin, which many people find cosmetically unacceptable.

    Dermatologists also warn that sun exposure increases the risk of skin cancer and wrinkling, even in dark-skinned people.

    How much is enough?

    Holick endorses "sensible, limited sun exposure" but says it's also time to recommend that everyone, regardless of skin color, take a daily vitamin D supplement of at least 1,000 international units (IU).

    Not all scientists agree, but an expert panel at the non-profit Institute of Medicine is reviewing recommended daily intakes, now at 200 IU for people up to age 50, 400 IU for people ages 51 to 70 and 600 IU for those over age 70. An 8-ounce glass of fortified milk contains 100 IU.

    "All Americans, but particularly people with darker skin, should pay attention" to new guidelines due next year, says Adit Ginde, a researcher at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Ginde led a recent study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, that found that vitamin D levels are falling in all racial groups but are especially low in African Americans.

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  2. Da Street Rebel

    Da Street Rebel Banned MEMBER

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    of course

    see last time i checked black people where doing fine, they're actually
    telling you to watch out WE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION

    AND PAY ATTENTION WE SHOULD AND NOT FALL FOR THIS GIMMICK

    see so somebody comes along with a "fix" and i don't trust it because

    especially anytime they say watch out black people

    that's what you better do brethren WATCH OUT

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  3. ru2religious

    ru2religious Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Real talk - lol

    Peace

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  4. LindaChavis

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    Interesting that I found this

    I was going to send a thread about my doctor visit when I found this. I find it hard to ignore doctors. With that said, my doctor is saying because my Vitamin D levels are so low (normal is 32-100 and I'm at 13), I need to start taking 50,000 units of VitD2 (ergocalciferol) 3 times a week for 4 weeks and then 50,000 units for 8 weeks after which I need another blood test to see if my levels are up. I want to EAT enough food to do this. Im not interested in cod liver oil..LOL So if anyone has any other suggestions so I dont have to take all these pills...I'd appreciate it. The other reason I dont want to take the pills....I cant afford it since Im not working. Thanks





     
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    Even though many people don't like them, I happen to like Sardines. They're high in Vitamin D and Omega-3; and I need both at this stage in my life.

    So, I'll be eating my Sardines and then gargle/brush before I go around others! :lol:
     
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    Wayfarer Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This should be a sticky.

    As stated, vitamin D is critically important and is only manufactured in the body upon exposure to sunlight. Removed from their natural environment, persons of African descent need to compensate through extra sun exposure or supplements.

    I take 5,000 IU weekly -- and spend lots of time in the sun whenever possible. (The suggestions to stay out of the sun and use sunblock is some of the deadliest advice out there.)
     
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    good info to live by !
     
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    I found out two weeks ago that in addition to being iron deficient that I am also Vitamin D deficient, so I've been taking a potent pill once a week.

    I'm all jacked up lol
     
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    I can't do the drink milk thing, I can't do the dairy product stuff at all. However, I do put my omega 3 oils into my smoothies so that should take care of any vitamin D that my body and skin crave.:10500:



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    Learning the needs of Vitamin D ..................something i might be lacking
     
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