Spring has sprung. People everywhere are emerging from their winter “hibernation” and starting to enjoy the fresh air, warmer weather, and sunshine. It is also the beginning of wedding season. My daughter attended a wedding this weekend and wanted to get a jump start on her summer glow with a healthier alternative to lying in the sun or “tanning” on a tanning bed. She decided to get a spray tan to achieve her glow. She returned from her spray tan session looking as if she just returned from an island vacation but I could tell there was something on her mind….
Please note that the tanning salon is part of a “chain” with locations all over NJ. The information given to my daughter is being given throughout the chain to hundreds of people on a weekly basis. I will relay the story as close to verbatim as possible….
On the Wednesday evening before the wedding, my daughter told the receptionist that she would like a one -time spray tan for a wedding on Saturday evening. The receptionist stated, “You have an olive pigment in your skin…. Just a few times in a tanning booth or tanning bed will give you the same results as the spray tan, but your tan will last longer. You can tan today, tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday”.
My daughter replied that increasing her risk of developing skin cancer was not what she had in mind and stated again that she just wanted a spray tan. The persistent and “very informative” receptionist replied…“Did you know that it VERY healthy to tan? Tanning decreases your risk of cancer because most people are deficient in Vitamin D, and tanning is a great way to raise your Vitamin D and decrease your cancer risk”. The receptionist handed my daughter a slip of paper (the actual text is posted here): “A MUST SEE FOR ALL TANNERS: ABC News- Vitamin D from UV exposure can decrease cancer by 80%”. Diana also noticed pink breast cancer bracelets for sale at the desk and a poster in the window to Support the Fight Against Breast Cancer.
Here are the facts/direct quotes about TANNING from http://www.fda.gov:
- the risk of melanoma of the skin increasing by 75 percent when tanning bed use started before age 35 (fda.gov)
- NCI reports that women who use tanning beds more than once a month are 55 percent more likely to develop melanoma (fda.gov)
- American Academy of Dermatology reports that melanoma is the second most common cancer in women 20 to 29 years old
- All use of tanning beds increases the risk of skin cancer
More Facts: Vitamin D is a hormone. The sun’s rays activate the hormone in the skin. It has been found that people with low Vitamin D are prone to certain cancers (breast cancer is one such cancer).
Why is Vitamin D deficiency in the news on a daily basis? Why are so many people suddenly Vitamin D deficient?
The reason Vitamin D deficiency seems so prevalent these days is because physicians just began testing Vitamin D levels. Prior to the past 2 years, almost no one had a Vitamin D level checked. We never knew how many people were Vitamin D deficient because it was not routinely checked!
What is interesting is that almost everyone with uncontrolled Met B has a deficiency in Vitamin D! When you get your insulin in balance, your Vitamin D level improves! Over 100 million people in the US have confirmed Met B. (Over 100 million people have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes) and over 40 million have metabolic syndrome). So….over 140 million people in the US run the risk of Vitamin D deficiency and as long as their insulin remains unbalanced, are increasing the risk for many cancers.
Tanning is not the answer to Vitamin D deficiency…tanning is the answer to increasing skin cancer.
The answer :
- Have your Vitamin D level checked along with your fasting glucose and lipid panel. Met B can be diagnosed from these simple labs.
- Immediately begin the Metabolism Miracle lifestyle program and take supplemental Vitamin D until your level is normalized. Once normalized, Vitamin D supplementation can be discontinued as you live The Metabolism Miracle Lifestyle and keep your insulin in check. A balanced metabolism is the natural way to balance your Vitamin D.
- Stay away from tanning booths or beds as well as long periods of time in the sunshine.