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Arch Dis Child. 2016 Feb;101(2):190-2. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2014-307214. Epub 2015 Aug 31.

Sunshine and vitamin D.

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Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham, UK.


Vitamin D is vital for bone health and its deficiency deemed as a disease of the past has re-emerged as an important health concern. Exposure of the skin to solar ultraviolet B radiation is the major source of vitamin D and only a small proportion is derived from dietary intake. We review the various factors that influence the cutaneous synthesis of vitamin D and the recommendations regarding safe sun exposure and dietary supplementation to achieve adequate vitamin D levels proposed for optimal bone health.


Bone Disease; Dermatology; Endocrinology

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