(J Clin Endocrinol Metab 11/10). Nobody disagrees that Vitamin D is essential to human health. We get this vitamin from foods, supplements, and sun exposure, yet there is still controversy about how much we need, and what it is good for. Therefore, the U.S. and Canadian governments requested the Institute of Medicine to analyze all valid research on Vitamin D. 14 scientists, 1000 studies, and numerous interviews of experts in the field contributed to the report. The committee determined that both calcium and Vitamin D play vital roles in bone metabolism, although evidence for other beneficial roles is lacking, such as immune boosting, protection against cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and preeclampsia. Adequate Vitamin D blood levels are 20 ng/ml, you need 600 IU daily if you are under 70, 800 IU daily if over 70 years. Although most Americans report consuming less than this, we still seem to have adequate levels, suggesting that our sun exposure is sufficient to maintain our Vitamin D levels. The committee cautioned against excessive outdoor activity or the use of tanning beds to supplement levels, or taking large doses of Vitamin D ( +4,000 IU ) because at these doses kidney and other tissues become damaged.*** IT IS DOUBTFUL THAT THIS IS THE LAST WORD ON THE SUBJECT, BUT IT SEEMS TO BE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE WORD SO FAR. DERMATOLOGISTS DO NOT ADVOCATE NO SUN, JUST SAFE SUN EXPOSURE IN MODERATION; BEING CAREFUL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY AND USING SUNSCREEN WHEN HAVING PROLONGED EXPOSURE.
Why Choose DSA Dermatology?
At DSA Dermatology, we bring to you the best of not one but three leading dermatologists in Plano TX,
Dr. Achtman is a board-certified Dermatologist with over three decades of experience. Having graduated from the medical school of McMaster University, he also studied at the UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Dermatology. In addition to possessing extensive training and experience in cosmetic enhancement techniques, Dr. Achtman is widely known as a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of various skin cancers. He is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Achtman goes the extra mile to understand your medical concerns and to ensure that he helps you meet your unique aesthetic goals.
Dr. Carmine G. McConnell is a board-certified physician in Plano TX. Having been trained at McMaster University, Canada, she went on to earn her board certification in Texas. Having served as Chief of Staff of her department at Plano Medical Center, she has over two decades of experience in practicing medicine in her practice and while assisting Dr. Achtman in the practice of dermatology. In addition to her extensive postgraduate training in laser therapy and aesthetic surgery, among other procedures, she possesses vast experience in both cosmetic dermatological techniques and family medicine. As a conscientious and caring physician, Dr. McConnell provides her patients with customized non-surgical treatments to help address health and aesthetic concerns related to the skin. She is also keen on helping patients understand their skin and how it can be cared for and protected.
Dr. Jordan Achtman is a board-certified dermatologist in DSA Dermatology at Plano, TX. Dr. J. Achtman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern. His expertise spans general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. J. Achtman also has various special interests including chronic itch, infectious diseases of the skin, and the relationship between mental health and skin health. He is also very keen on helping patients form healthy skincare regimens and habits. In the hands of Dr. J. Achtman, you can be assured of innovative and cutting edge solutions for all your skin concerns.