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