There is a link between vitamin D deficiencies and several health issues. Many people – especially older people – are vitamin D deficient. Dr. Tim Ioannides – a dermatologist in Port St. Lucie, Florida – recommends Vitamin D supplements to many of his patients. Ioannides has found that vitamin D supplementation helps relieve the severity of many of the skin conditions his patients’ experience.
In an article with Medical Daily Times, Dr. Ioannides “Explains How Vitamin D Can Help Calm Skin Conditions”. The article discusses why the “sunshine vitamin” is a crucial vitamin for your health while being a cheap treatment that is readily available.
People absorb some vitamin D from the foods they eat, but most vitamin D is produced by the body when ultraviolet light from the sun hits skin. As people age, their skin is less effective in converting sunlight into vitamin D. This is the reason why older people are more prone to vitamin D deficiencies. A 2011 study found that nearly 42% of American adults are vitamin D deficient.
For patients with skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema, Dr. Ioannides often recommends vitamin D supplementation. Tim Ioannides has seen remarkable improvements in some cases. Dr. Ioannides generally prescribes dosages which are much larger than the current Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), so it is essential that you consult a dermatologist before starting a supplementation regimen. Taking too much vitamin D can cause health issues.
At least two meta-analyses studies – combinations of multiple clinical trials – have shown vitamin D to be an effective treatment for eczema. Vitamin D supplements are readily available and inexpensive. D3 is the form of vitamin D that Dr. Ioannides recommends. The response time differs from person to person. Children’s response is typically quicker than adults. Dr. Ioannides sees significant improvements in his patients after two to three months.
Dr. Tim Ioannides has been practicing dermatology for over 15 years. He earned his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. His practice – Treasure Coast Dermatology – operates from seven locations in Florida. In addition to his work in Treasure Coast Dermatology, Dr. Ioannides is a Voluntary Associate Professor at his alma mater.
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