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Tanners Have Canada’s Highest Vitamin D Levels

Friday, May 10th, 2019

People who use sunbeds have the highest vitamin D levels of any group in Canada, according to a study by Dr. Gerry Schwalfenberg, an Edmonton physician who has written several papers on vitamin D.

According to Schwalfenberg’s paper, regular sunbed users have mean vitamin D levels of 94 nmol/L — or 38 ng/ml. In contrast, the Canadian average was around 68 nmol/L — or 27 ng/ml. Although vitamin D experts recommend vitamin D levels between 100-150 nmol/L (40-60 ng/ml), sunbed users as a group had the highest levels in Schwalfenberg review of Canadian data.

Schwalfenberg’s paper, Addressing vitamin D deficiency in Canada: A public health innovation whose time has come, was published in the journal Public Health.

To read the study, click here.

 

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