Pale people may need vitamin D supplements, researchers say

10/5/2011 | CBS News

Researchers analyzed the vitamin D concentrations of 1,200 individuals in the U.K. and found that those who were fair-skinned had the lowest concentrations, according to a study in Cancer Causes and Control. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with increased risk for heart disease and bone loss and poorer breast cancer survival. Vitamin D supplements "should be considered for fair-skinned people living in a mild climate like the U.K. and melanoma patients in particular," study author Julia Newton-Bishop said.

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