Vitamin D Intake to Come from Diet & Supplements, Advises AAD

December 4, 2008

The American Academy of Dermatology (Schaumburg, IL) issued a statement on December 4 advising the public to obtain vitamin D from their diet and dietary supplements, rather than exposing themselves to UV radiation from the sun.

The American Academy of Dermatology (Schaumburg, IL) issued a statement on December 4 advising the public to obtain vitamin D from their diet and dietary supplements, rather than exposing themselves to UV radiation from the sun.

"Vitamin D is essential for optimal health, and the medical literature supports safe ways to get it -- a healthy diet which incorporates foods naturally rich in vitamin D, vitamin D-fortified foods and beverages, and vitamin D supplements," stated dermatologist C. William Hanke, MD, president of the American Academy of Dermatology.

"And, according to the medical literature, unprotected exposure to UV radiation from sunlight (natural) or indoor tanning devices (artificial) is not safe. Individuals who intentionally expose themselves to UV radiation for vitamin D are putting their health at risk for developing skin cancer."