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    How much of the body should be exposed to the sun?

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    This 2006 publication says, "Ex-posure to direct sunlight typically of no more than 5 to 10 minutes on the arms and legs between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM during the spring, summer, and fall will preventvitamin D inadequacy"

    Just wondering if there was any new research out there that said more skin needed to be exposed?

    For example, I remember Mark's post here that said the biggest increases in skin cancer in Ireland are occurring in clothed body parts, which would present a challenge to us females.

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    This gets linked frequently: You Need This Much Vitamin D Every Day - YouTube

    Don't know if he's on the level, but it is at least one idea.

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    I wish I lived somewhere warm enough to expose significant portions of my body to the sun.... (brrrr)

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    I wish I wasn't so flabby so I could do the same!

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    Be very careful about which part of the anatomy is exposed. Too long and you might end up with the dreaded Rocky Mountain oysters.

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    I was hiking 8-10 hours per week in the morning, in Florida, and had my vit D level checked on a whim. (I was tired all the time). Last year it tested at 18, low normal was 30. I am supplementing now and my levels are at 35. My doc wants them over 50. I was pretty surprised my level was so low, because I was spending more time outside than anyone else I know. My teenage daughters are also below normal. If you are concerned, get yourself tested. I have a local hospital that has a monthly outreach lab where you can order a few blood tests for low cost and you don't even need a doctor's prescription. The vit D test cost something like 20 dollars, and they mail the results directly to the patient.
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    So I don't think I have ever had any real sun exposure on my chest or back - fatty, lardo, etc. Decided to give it a go at the park this weekend since I found a sunny, secluded spot. Evidently 30 minutes is enough to burn the back a bit, but only part of my chest. Legs didn't burn at all, in spite of having same exposure time (or more, really, as I was wearing shorts all day).

    Need to figure out how this tanning thing works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MEversbergII View Post
    So I don't think I have ever had any real sun exposure on my chest or back - fatty, lardo, etc. Decided to give it a go at the park this weekend since I found a sunny, secluded spot. Evidently 30 minutes is enough to burn the back a bit, but only part of my chest. Legs didn't burn at all, in spite of having same exposure time (or more, really, as I was wearing shorts all day).

    Need to figure out how this tanning thing works.

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    Good on your for braving the elements and getting your D. But not so good for getting burned.

    I know your comment was probably tongue-in-cheek, but: Tanning works similarly to weight training. Progressively increase your time in the sun. Your legs didn't burn because you've probably been wearing shorts for a few months and they've slowly built up a tan. Try 5 minutes your first few times out. If you don't burn or get red, increase by another 5 minutes or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifla View Post
    I was hiking 8-10 hours per week in the morning, in Florida, and had my vit D level checked on a whim. (I was tired all the time). Last year it tested at 18, low normal was 30. I am supplementing now and my levels are at 35. My doc wants them over 50. I was pretty surprised my level was so low, because I was spending more time outside than anyone else I know. My teenage daughters are also below normal. If you are concerned, get yourself tested. I have a local hospital that has a monthly outreach lab where you can order a few blood tests for low cost and you don't even need a doctor's prescription. The vit D test cost something like 20 dollars, and they mail the results directly to the patient.
    It's a good idea to look into the rest of the pathway too. I don't know much about it, really haven't read up but I know Vit D synthesis requires cholesterol be available too. There may be other things like that that may contribute to a low level.

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