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Sunscreen may be blocking vitamin D production which prevents cancer, diabetes, kidney disorders and more

Excessive sunscreen use might be playing a major role in the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and related adverse health conditions. 

 

Researchers from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro University, California, noted that using thick, highly-protective sunscreen may be behind the reason in the prevalent vitamin D deficiency, as the chemicals block the beneficial sunlight from reaching the skin and stimulating vitamin D production.

 

The vitamin provides anti-inflammatory effects and is essential in the body's immune function. The health experts cautioned that this lack in vitamin D could lead to the onset of a host of adverse medical conditions.

 

Inadequate vitamin D levels may trigger the onset of various adverse health conditions such as diabetes and certain types of cancer.  

 

The health experts stressed that sunscreens containing SPF 15 or higher diminished vitamin D production by 99 per cent. According to the research team, the vitamin provided anti-inflammatory effects and is essential in the body's immune function. 

 

The health experts cautioned that this lack in vitamin D could lead to the onset of a host of adverse medical conditions.  However, the researchers noted that simple brisk walking and eating foods high in vitamin D are enough to make up for vitamin deficiency.

 

"More clinical studies are required to test this association, but our work suggests that low levels of vitamin D in the blood may prevent the cells within the bladder from stimulating an adequate response to abnormal cells. As vitamin D is cheap and safe, its potential use in cancer prevention is exciting and could potentially impact on the lives of many people,"  said lead author Dr. Rosemary Bland.The findings were presented at the annual conference of the Society for Endocrinology.

 

An analysis conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Warwick, University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire Coventry in the U.K. revealed that vitamin D deficiency was associated with  increased odds of bladder cancer.

 

Vitamin D deficiency was also found to exacerbate disease-related complications in patients with type-2 diabetes, according to a study published in the Journal of Diabetes Research. As part of the study, researchers examined 139 type-2 diabetes patients and compared them with 144 otherwise healthy patients.The research team found that the prevalence and severity of diabetic retinopathy was more pronounced in patients with low vitamin D levels.

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