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By Maria Cendejas
It’s a known fact that people who have darker skin pigmentation have a much more harder time absorbing vitamin D-producing ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the sun than people with lighter skin pigmentation. A new study now confirms that a disproportionately high amount of primarily African-Americans die from cancer every year as a result of vitamin D deficiency, according to Natural News.
The study was published in the journal of Dermato-Endocrinology. After taking into account socioeconomic status, stage of diagnosis, treatment options, and various other factors that might affect survival rates, researchers determined that the mortality rate for cancer among African-Americans is as much as 30% higher than it is for others, specifically because of vitamin D deficiency.
Individuals with fair skin tones can produce a sufficient amount of vitamin D from natural sunlight exposure for about 15 minutes on a hot summar day. But dark skin tone people require six-times longer in the sun to produce the same amount of the vitamin.
Individuals of African and Middle-Eastern descent may be more prone to chronic illness, including 13 specific types of cancer like bladder, breast, colon, endometrial, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, rectal, testicular, vaginal, Hodgkin's lymphoma and melanoma.
That’s why it's important for darker-skinned people to spend more time in the sun or supplement with natural vitamin D3 every day.
"Raising vitamin D concentrations to 40 nanograms per milliliter by taking 1000-4000 IU (international units) per day of vitamin D3 supplements is the easiest thing African-Americans can do to reduce the heavy burden of cancer they experience. In addition to reducing the risk of cancer, vitamin D would also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, respiratory infections and many other chronic and infectious diseases," said William B. Grant, co-author of the new study and Director of the Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center.
It’s not only African Americans that need more vitamin D. A study in 2011 found that nearly half of the population is vitamin D deficient. The most affected are blacks, more than 82% of whom are deficient, and Hispanics are 69%.
Opinions vary as to how much vitamin D an individual needs every day, but the growing consensus is that optimal blood serum levels of vitamin D are between 50-80 nanograms per milliliter ng/mL, or 125-200 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L). Depending on what your current serum levels are, you may need to supplement daily with anywhere from 4,000-10,000 IU or more of vitamin D3.
If you think you might be vitamin D deficient, you may want to get tested.