Estimations of the human vitamin D UV exposure in the USA

Kimlin, Michael G. & Schallhorn, Kathryn A. (2004) Estimations of the human vitamin D UV exposure in the USA. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 3, pp. 1067-1070.

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Human exposure to sunlight promotes the formation of pre-vitamin D in the skin. Low or marginal levels of vitamin D has been linked to a wide range of human health outcomes, including the development of various types of cancer. However, few data exist on the actual exposure to human due to vitamin D producing ultraviolet radiation. Most studies of human disease and vitamin D have linked latitude and location of residence to expected exposure form the available ambient UV radiation. Human UV exposure for the development of vitamin D depends on a variety of factors such as time spent outdoors, percent available skin, skin type, UV protective devices used and distribution of UV over the human form. In this paper, we investigate how latitude impacts not only on the amount of UV available for vitamin D synthesis, but also the distribution of UV over the human form.

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ID Code: 7747
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1039/b404957h
ISSN: 1474-905X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Royal Society of Chemistry
Deposited On: 28 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:07

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