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Vitamin D and Tanning Beds
cobe8 posted:
Hey Dr. Colbert,

I have heard that tanning beds may be linked to skin cancer. But can sporatic uses of a sun bed be justified to boost one's vitamin D levels especially during the winter months?

Thanks for the help.
David A Colbert, MD responded:
Dear cobe8,

Tanning beds should be called tanning coffins because that's more what they look like and according to the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology), there is a definite increase rate of skin cancer in those who use them. In order to boost vitamin D first check your levels. If they are low see your internist.

Theoretically some tanning beds will increase vitamin D but there are safer ways to do it. Supplements or even a simple walk in the sun for 15 minutes with your face and hands exposed to the late afternoon daylight should boost your vitamin D levels. Try a glass of milk or dairy products. The best advice is to see your internist and make a safe and sane plan.
everydayizagift replied to David A Colbert, MD's response:
I was deficient in Vitamin D probably due to the Crohn's and lack of dairy in my diet and the fact that I live upstate. Just take a supplement. Our bodies can benefit from Vitamin D, especially Crohn's patients. I take 10,000IU of D3 a day.

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