We’ve all heard time and time again that we should be wearing sunscreen whenever we go out to protect our skin from getting sunburned, but could all that sunscreen actually be bad for us? Well, a controversial study suggests that all the sunblock we are wearing could be the reason the U.S population seems to be Vitamin D deficient.
Studies suggest that three-quarters of Americans are lacking enough Vitamin D, including 95% of African Americans. This is a problem because insufficient Vitamin D can lead to muscle weakness and bone fractures. And while many studies suggest the reason people are Vitamin D deficient is because folks are staying indoors more these days, a new paper claims it’s because the use of sunscreen is blocking out all the benefits we get from the sun.
“People are spending less time outside and, when they do go out, they're typically wearing sunscreen, which essentially nullifies the body's ability to produce vitamin D,” Touro University assistant professor Dr. Kim Pfotenhauer explains. “While we want people to protect themselves against skin cancer, there are healthy, moderate levels of unprotected sun exposure that can be very helpful in boosting vitamin D.”
- While this research could be troubling, considering too much sun can lead to skin cancer, the professor isn’t suggesting folks run out and get sunburn, noting, “A simple walk with arms and legs exposed is enough for most people.”
Source: The Daily Mail