KELOWNA, BC, Nov. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian sunbed salon community hopes new Canadian research showing that typicalsunbeds in professional tanning salons trigger vitamin D production will once-and-for-all end confusion on this subject.
Canadian vitamin D researchers Dr. Samantha Kimbell and Dr. Reinhold
"We want to thank our Joint Canadian Tanning Association (JCTA) member salons for working with Dr. Kimbell and taking part in this project," said Steven Gilroy, executive director of the JCTA. "We are pleased that, following our standard protocol, no one reported any sunburns in this study and tanners who used regular equipment emitting UVB and UVA light increased their vitamin D levels significantly."
Most sunbeds emit both UVB and UVA light similar to summer sunlight in Canada. The UV portion of summer sunshine at noon in most of Canada is about 95% UVA and 5% UVB. The UVB portion is what triggers vitamin D production in the skin. Wintertime sun exposure at northern latitudes in Canada (above 44?N) does not contain sufficient UVB to stimulate vitamin D synthesis because of the angle of the sun. There had been considerable confusion about this.
Three JCTA member tanning salons took part in the study. Participants were tanning clients who had not tanned for more than 60 days prior to the beginning of the study. Salons followed standard exposure regimens for new tanning clients, as established by manufacturers following Health Canada sunbed regulations. Vitamin D levels were recorded at the start and approximately every four weeks.
A typical base tan (photoprotection) is created in four weeks following a standard graduated exposure schedule. Dr. Kimbell reported that Vitamin D blood levels continued to climb for the 12-week test period, demonstrating that the emergence of a tan did not stop vitamin D production in the skin.
Statistics Canada reports, 38% of Canadians or approximately 14 million people have vitamin D levels below 50 nmol/L, the level recommended by Health Canada. More than 48 vitamin D scientists recommend that you maintain a vitamin D blood level year round between 100-150 nmol/L for optimal health.
About the Joint Canadian Tanning Association (JCTA):
The JCTA represents sunbed facilities, suppliers and manufacturers serving the Canadian sunbed community. JCTA has cooperated with governments in Canada to create standards for tanning facilities, and JCTA members adhere to professional standards, including staff certification training to ensure that operators properly control, sanitize and maintain sunbed equipment and that clients are correctly tanned according to their skin type.
SOURCE Joint Canadian Tanning Association
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