Tanners Have Higher Vitamin D Levels, Bone Mass14 years ago
Posted on Jan 12, 2005, 6 a.m.
By Bill Freeman
People who try to stay bronze with the help of a tanning bed tend to have higher blood levels of vitamin D than those shun the salon, according to a new study. The findings, say the study authors, suggest that a regular appointment at the tanning salon may have health benefits
The findings, say the study authors, suggest that a regular appointment at the tanning salon may have health benefits &emdash; though they and other experts don't recommend that people start tanning in order to boost their vitamin D levels.
The study of 156 adults found those who regularly soaked up the artificial rays of a tanning bed had a 90 percent higher average vitamin D concentration in their blood. The tanners, who frequented the salon at least once a week for 6 or more months, also had greater bone density in the hips.
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