Call us free on 0800 862 0373

Sign in to view your quotes
Email address:
Password or PIN:

Forgotten your password? Reset it here.

Sunbathing helps lower blood pressure, study claims

Published on 21/01/2014

Sunlight may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering blood pressure, according to a British study.

Sunshine in moderation has health benefits

The research may prompt a review on the advice given regarding the risks and benefits of sunbathing. The link between overexposure from ultraviolet light and the increased risk of skin cancer is well documented but avoiding the sun altogether could promote the chances cardiovascular disease.

A study conducted by the Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton investigated of nitric oxide (NO) found in the skin and the blood.

This molecule is involved in the regulation of blood pressure and when exposed to sunlight can dilate blood vessels in the body and significantly lower blood pressure.

The research was reported in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and was led, in part, by Professor Martin Freelisch of the University of Southampton.

Prof Freelisch said: “As blood pressure drops, so does the risk of heart attack and stroke. It may be an opportune time to reassess the risks and benefits of sunlight for human health and to take a fresh look at current public health advice.”

Health experts estimate that nearly one in three British adults have high blood pressure – one of the biggest factors leading to stroke or heart attack. There are more than 160,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease in the UK each year. Cardiovascular disease can be caused by an inactive lifestyle, poor diet or being overweight.

There are fewer than 3,000 people develop skin cancer in the UK and any method that helps reduce the risk of heart disease, such as sunlight exposure, may be beneficial to reducing deaths in the UK.

Health insurance can provide you and your family with quick access to private medical treatment at a time and place that suits you.

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2014

Categories:  Health InsuranceHealthMedical
Sunbathing helps lower blood pressure, study claimsSunlight may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering blood pressure, according to a British study. Sunshine in moderati    tweet it on twittershare with your friends on Facebookshare with your friends on MySpaceBlog it on your LinkedIn profile

No.1 health insurance broker as rated by customers

Excellent service. Explained everything in detail and really helped to find the right insurance best suited to my needs - which wasn't necessarily the most expensive. 

Review centre member

Good value and the advisor was very helpful and recommended the best policy for my grandson. I would definitely use this service again and recommend to others.

Review centre member

We were contacted in good time to make a knowledgable choice. We were given plenty of options with lots of information to enable us to make the right choice.

Review centre member

The service I received was excellent, the staff member was very efficient and knowledgable. She went out of her way to get the best policy for me.

Review centre member

Great service. I really appreciated the help provided by Active Quote to arrange health insurance. The agent was very informative and proactive. Many thanks!

Review centre member

I received excellent care and attention from the first phone call till the last. Friendly, efficient and patient.

Review centre member

Staff are very helpful, friendly and polite. They call back when they say they will and keep you up to date with progress. Pleasure to deal with.

Review centre member

Very polite and friendly, and gave detailed explanations of all aspects of the cover. Reassuring to know that if you do have a problem there is someone you can contact.

Review centre member

Friendly and efficient. Nothing was too much trouble even when i needed to make a small change, excellent service.

Review centre member

The advisor was incredibly helpful and fully explained the differences between the policies. I really liked the fact that I was put under no pressure.

Review centre member
This site is operated by Insurance Broker ActiveQuote Ltd registered in England & Wales company number 6765845.
Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Firm reference number 501109 as detailed on the Financial Services Register. Please read our Key Facts document.
For information about your rights as a consumer visit Citizens Advice.

Our insurance comparison service is free and easy for you to use, but you are responsible for making sure all your information is entered correctly, and for choosing your insurer.

This site uses cookies in order to work correctly - these are not harmful and do not contain personal information. By using this site you consent to this. I understand  Tell me more

please wait ...