What implications do migration and acculturation have on vitamin D status?

Posted on: September 26, 2014   by  Jeff Nicklas


A major determinant of vitamin D status in humans that is often overlooked is migration. Even before the onset of anatomically modern humans, migration affected the amount of daily vitamin D early humans produced.

The initial environment that early humans evolved in consisted of abundant sun exposure, which led to the development of high concentrations of melanin and caused dark skin. This highly pigmented skin is hypothesized to have developed to protect early humans from the damage of ultraviolet radiation while simultaneously allowing for sufficient vitamin D production.

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1 Response to What implications do migration and acculturation have on vitamin D status?

  1. Yasir Mahmood

    Thanks Jeff for very informative post.

    I think we should introduce a slogan about the awareness of vitamin D. Such as “Sunlight-healthy life” or any thing else. It will be a good initiative for public awareness and their attraction about vitamin D.

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