How to know if you're getting enough Vitamin D from the Sun

  • honeybadger

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    Mar 27, 2012 4:12 AM GMT
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    Mar 31, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    Thanks honeybadger, this is really interesting.
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    Mar 31, 2012 9:29 PM GMT
    I believe one's Vitamin D level is determined by more factors than just the sun. I have mine checked during routine blood work, which gives the bottom line answer. In fact, last Wednesday I was told my D level is a little low.

    Since I live in sunny Florida, and do go out in the sun often enough, with golfing, bicycling, outdoor events and so forth, the doctor recommended supplements. I suggest direct measurement in the blood is a better indicator of actual Vitamin D level, which he mentions a bit obliquely toward the end, than indirect methods such as calculating solar intensity. Nevertheless, such a method as provided in the clip might prompt those in low-sunlight conditions to have themselves checked.
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    Mar 31, 2012 9:38 PM GMT
    Because my skin color is medium to dark brown, I needed to know this. Thank you.

    Last summer, I automatically decreased my intake of Vitamin D from two softgels to one. I'll adjust based on the information you supplied.
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    Apr 01, 2012 1:48 AM GMT
    I take 2000 mg. three times a day, and my vitamin D level is just over 50 ng/ml. Now I know why I have to take so much, I'm at work when the suns at it's best. Thanks again honeybadger.icon_smile.gif