Health Overview

The annual cost of disease of vitamin D deficiency to the UK has been put at more than £27bn. UV exposure or sunlight is accepted as the most effective method of manufacturing vitamin D but as the UK's sunlight isn't strong enough to enable us to manufacture vitamin D for seven months of the year, responsible sunbed use could provide the answer.

Gary Lipman, Chairman of The Sunbed Association, said "A few minutes 2-3 times a week on a sunbed has long been known and recommended by international experts as a viable way of securing and maintaining adequate vitamin D levels".

Unfortunately, in recent years sunbeds have been an undeserved victim of negative and persistent anti-tanning campaigns. Modern sunbeds can offer sensors to measure UV output according to an individual's skin type, creating the right balance and session length, to avoid any chance of burning. And, of course, it's burning whether on a sunbed or in the sun that should be avoided. Moderate UV exposure is essential to good health.

Cancer Research UK and other health organisations are preparing to amend their advice on responsible UV exposure; such is the weight of evidence confirming the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and chronic disease. It is estimated that six out of ten adults of working age in the UK are vitamin D deficient.

Please see below useful facts endorsing this philosophy.

  • Tanning Beds dramatically increases Vitamin D levels and bone mass.”  (Tangpricha, al. 2004)
  • In 2006, Dr. Edward Giovannucci and colleagues determined that low Vitamin D levels cause 85,550 cancer deaths per year" (Giovannuci, E. et al. 2006).
  • Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an increased incidence of schizophrenia and depression. (McGath J, setten Jp, Ghant. D. 2002; Gloth Fm 111, Alan W, Hollis B 1999).
  • Tanning bed use reduces chronic pain. (Kaur, M. et. al. 2005.)   
  • Vitamin D has beneficial influences on obesity. (Liel, Y et al. 1988).
  • Vitamin D has beneficial influences on osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and arthritis. (Bischoff-Ferrari H. et al. 2005/ C, A. et al. 2005/ Grimes D. et al. 1996/ Van der Mei, l. et al. 2003/ Merlino L. et al. 2004).



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