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Sunshine and vitamin D
  1. Vrinda Saraff,
  2. Nick Shaw
  1. Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Vrinda Saraff, Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6NH, UK; vrindasaraff{at}doctors.org.uk

Abstract

Vitamin D is vital for bone health and its deficiency deemed as a disease of the past has re-emerged as an important health concern. Exposure of the skin to solar ultraviolet B radiation is the major source of vitamin D and only a small proportion is derived from dietary intake. We review the various factors that influence the cutaneous synthesis of vitamin D and the recommendations regarding safe sun exposure and dietary supplementation to achieve adequate vitamin D levels proposed for optimal bone health.

  • Bone Disease
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology

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