Is sun avoidance as dangerous as smoking?

Posted on: September 28, 2016   by  Vitamin D Council

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Dr. Reinhold Vieth, a leading researcher in the field of vitamin D, recently provided much needed clarity on the mass confusion and fear revolving around sun exposure.

Dr. Vieth reviewed a study conducted by Dr. Lindqvist and colleagues that began in 1990, observing the sun-exposure and lifestyle habits of nearly 30,000 Swedish women over a span of 20 years. The researchers aimed to determine if a relationship exists between sun exposure and multiple melanoma.

Surprisingly, the researchers observed no differences in all cause mortality or cutaneous malignant melanoma (MM) mortality between those who exposed themselves to the sun and those who avoided the sun. Additionally, those who avoided the sun experienced a shorter life expectancy (0.6 – 2.1 years shorter life expectancy) as they were at a higher risk of death from heart disease and stroke, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and pulmonary disease. When comparing smokers who sun bathed to non-smokers who avoided the sun, the researchers found that the women had an equal risk of mortality.

The researchers concluded,

Avoiding sun increased risk of dying by the same amount as smoking did.

 For a deeper look into Dr. Vieth’s insights on vitamin D and safe, sensible sun exposure, click here.

1 Response to Is sun avoidance as dangerous as smoking?

  1. jimbo90036@comcast.net says

    Vitamin D automatically activated in our cells turns 3,000 genes off or on to optimize our health. I had two very serious autoimmune reactions when I moved to less sunny Oregon from Los Angeles which caused boils (Bullous Pemphigoid) over all parts of my body and face. A Google search showed no cure and certain death from infections. One failed use of vitamin D3 to treat Psoriasis worked for a short time. I reasoned that higher levels of vitamin D3 may possibly cure my autoimmune disease. I started at 2,000 IU after discussing with my doctor and eventually went up to over 10,000 IU when I switched to a vegetarian diet with Yogurt, Organic Coconut Oil, and Organic Peanut Butter to provide fats. I went up gradually by 1,000 IU until both my boils and Psoriasis disappeared. Good for five years! Jim

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