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Osteoporosis Health Center

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The Truth About Vitamin D: How Can You Get Enough Vitamin D?

WebMD feature series on vitamin D.
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How can I get enough vitamin D?

Thirty minutes of sun exposure to the face, legs, or back -- without sunscreen -- at least twice a week should give you plenty of vitamin D.

But this much direct sun exposure might also expose you to potentially dangerous levels of cancer-causing UV radiation. And unless you live in the South or Southwest, you probably won't get enough sunlight during the winter months for your body to make enough vitamin D. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends against getting vitamin D from unprotected exposure to sunlight.

It's probably a better idea to get vitamin D from foods or from supplements.

Next: Will a vitamin D test tell me if I need more vitamin D? next button

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