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Old 10-06-2008, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Vitamin D deficiency

I havent posted here in eons...because I was diagnosed with cancer back in May. I sold my business to deal with my health issues. Through everything I ended up with a Vitamin D deficiency...go figure.

My question is how much vitamin D will say 12 minutes of indoor tanning give you? or any length of one tanning visit?

The sun is gone up here in the north east so sitting out in the sun is no longer an option.

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Re: Vitamin D deficiency

a full session in a tanning bed will "give you" about 8-12,000IUs of D3 depending on how tan you are, age of the lamps, etc.
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Re: Vitamin D deficiency

kim, it's good to have you back! it sounds like everything else is going better. i hope so. i still think we as salon owners need to work on this more. we often talk about getting vit d from tanning but i wonder how many salon owners have actually gotten tested. i was tanning about once every week to ten days and for some reason i just thought maybe this wasn't enough. i made my own appointment and told my dr. i specifially wanted to check this out. well as it turned out i'm on the low side...not deficient though and my Dr. agreed he would rather have me on the high side! i have gotten better about increasing my time in a tanning bed to 2 times a week. i now supplement this with 1000 IU's of VitD. i go back to get my levels tested in march again to see if this puts me on the higher end. btw this is why i believe you need to take control of your own health.... my Dr. wouldn't have issued this test and he was quite interested that i knew all about it and talked quite a bit about to me. he ran all the other normal tests for a physical and said they were all perfect. :)

there are a few members here that have always given very good guidance with this as well and might key in. :)
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kim you might want to buy a vit d meter. i got one from http://www.solarmeter.com/
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Re: Vitamin D deficiency

First of all, the "rate of change" of your vitamin D (25-OH-D) level depends upon how low you are now. The lower the level, the "faster" the increase will be as you tan and take vitamin D supplements.

Regarding vitamin D supplements, please keep in mind that 70% - 80% of your vitamin D increase must come from UVR exposure and that it takes an "intake" of (approximately) 2600 IU daily (from both UVR exposure and supplements) just to meet your daily requirement. If you tan two times per week and take two 1,000 IU (for a total of 2,000 IU) vitamin D supplements per day (and "assuming" that you are at approximately 50 nmol/L now), you can expect to reach a level of 70-90 nmol/L in about 6 weeks and a level >120 nmol/L in about 10-12 weeks with this regimen.

Finally, the fact that you can have a toxic reaction from vitamin D supplements but not from UVR-induced vitamin D proves (once again) that Mother Nature really does know what she is doing.

[A question for Eileen. Why does Mother Nature get all of the credit? Isn't it possible that "Father Nature" controls things? Just wondering.]
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don... don't fool with mother nature. ;)
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Re: Vitamin D deficiency

In caucasian skin, a good tanning bed will produce about 1,000 IU vitamin D3 per minute up to a maximum of 20,000 IU. Also, if one were to take only 1,000 IU daily with no tanning or other source of vitamin D, it would produce a level of only 10 ng/ml (25 nmol/L). That level is barely enough to prevent rickets, and most people who do not use a tanning bed in the winter will need 4,000 (women)-5,000 (men)IU daily to maintain ideal levels of 50-60 ng/ml (125-150 nmol/l). A person with cancer needs to act post haste to either use a tanning bed or supplement. The key to safety, of course, is to never, never burn. A high level of vitamin D has been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of nearly all cancers. I know of what I speak. I have written the most comprehensive, well-documented book on vitamin D and sunlight that currently exists. Good luck to you!

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