Generally speaking, people are usually told that getting more sun exposure than strictly necessary increase the risk of skin cancer. While that may be true to an extent, a new study has found out that people that live in areas exposed to UV-B rays are less likely to have multiple sclerosis when they get older.
More about this study
The authors have said that, from their research, children and young adults that get a lot of sun are less likely to have multiple sclerosis later on in life. They made the connection that this level of exposure allows to body to absorb a lot of vitamin D and multiple sclerosis tend to happen to individuals that have low levels of vitamin D in their bodies.
What this study did was look at how big sun exposure affects the body over one’s lifespan. In order to conduct their research, they gathered data from 151 women that have multiple sclerosis and 235 women that were part of the control group. Most of the women had white skin. The candidates came from different parts of the US, with different climates.
They had to answer a questionnaire about their levels of sun exposure during every season. They found out that out of the women that had MS only 14% had high levels of exposure from the aged of 5 to 15 while 41% did not.
Doctor Tremlett, one of the authors of this study, wanted to say that these findings, which took a long time to be analyzed thoroughly, show that there is a direct link between how much one lets his or her skin bask in the summer rays and multiple sclerosis levels. So, we should enjoy the sun a little bit more but we should also be careful while we do that. Sun exposure can help keep us healthy but only in moderation.