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Private medical cover holders to benefit from sun exposure?

Published on 17/12/2010
Exposure to the midday sun could help private medical cover holders boost their vitamin D levels, it has been suggested.

A group of experts have come together to advise that, contrary to what many believe, occasional exposure to the sun without wearing sun cream is actually good for health.

This is because sun light is the main source of vitamin D, a substance known to promote good bone health and prevent diseases such as rickets.

The organisations, which include Cancer Research UK and the National Osteoporosis Society, say that the benefits of the vitamin D absorbed by short bursts in the sun can outweigh the dangers of increased risk of skin cancer.

A joint statement said: "The time required to make sufficient vitamin D is typically short and less than the amount of time needed for skin to redden and burn.

"Regularly going outside for a matter of minutes around the middle of the day without sunscreen should be enough."

However, they added that evidence suggesting vitamin D can help protect against other diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other chronic diseases is still inconclusive. 
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