Racial/ethnic considerations in making recommendations for vitamin D for adult and elderly men and women.

Vitamin D is acquired through diet and skin exposure to ultraviolet B light. Skin production is determined by length of exposure, latitude, season, and degree of skin pigmentation. Blacks produce less vitamin D3 than do whites in response to usual levels of sun exposure and have lower 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentrations in winter and summer. Blacks… CONTINUE READING