Soak up the sun and live longer says the Harvard Health Newsletter.

tanSoak up the sun and live longer says the Harvard Health Newsletter.

It is summer and sun worshiping is practiced by many beachgoers.   Others sit in their back yards, while others like myself love to take the top down on the convertible and soak it all in.

We know that many of us are vitamin D deficient, due to skin cancer concerns and the fact that sunscreens, while protective, also reduce the amount of UV rays we use to convert sunlight to vitamin d.  Also, many of us who used to drink a lot of milk may no longer do so, and vitamin d is usually included in many of the milk brands we consume.

Should we spend more time in the sun and is it healthy for us?   The reality is that many of those who suffer from skin cancers are likely from the same generation that used sun reflectors and baby oil to boil in that tan, even though some skin pigments handle the sun much better than others, and may  be less likely to develop skin cancers than those who are fair skinned.

The Harvard Health Newsletter just reported that among nearly 30,000 women in Sweden, who were each monitored for about 20 years, those who spent more time in the sun actually lived longer and had less heart disease and fewer non-cancer deaths than those who reported less sun exposure.

Read more about this study here

Here”™s something unexpected: Sunbathers live longer
Robert H. Shmerling, MD JUNE 06, 2016

Woman wearing sunhat and bikini relaxing on hammock at the beach. Surprising, right? But that”™s the conclusion of a new study that compared the life spans of many people with varying amounts of sun exposure. They found that among nearly 30,000 women in Sweden, who were each monitored for about 20 years, those who spent more time in the sun actually lived longer and had less heart disease and fewer non-cancer deaths than those who reported less sun exposure.

Can the sun extend your life?

With summer just around the corner, this news is timely “” and a great excuse to get out of the house or office and soak up some sun. But there are some important caveats about this research:

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