Sunlight, Vitamin D Essential To Health, Consensus Paper Says

Too much sun can lead to skin cancer, but too little can also be risky, researchers say.

Last week, the Journal of the American College of Nutrition published a scientific consensus paper by researchers at University of California, Creighton University, Boston University Medical Center and others illustrating that UV exposure provides the benefits of vitamin D production as well as other benefits.

The current culture of sun avoidance in the United States carries with it both health risks and quantifiable harm, says Robert Heaney, professor of medicine at Creighton University in Nebraska

According to the paper, sun exposure is associated with protection from several kinds of cancer, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other disease. The researchers suggest moderate sun exposure – less than the time required to burn – should be “sought, rather than avoided.”

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