Can my skin color affect my vitamin D levels?

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People with darker skin make less vitamin D from sunshine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that Mexican-Americans and black people are two to three times more likely than Caucasians to have low vitamin D levels. Increased use of sun protection and higher average body weight are also associated with low vitamin D levels.

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