Sun Rays: Avoiding Them As Bad For Women’s Health As Smoking, Shows New Study

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Sun rays are really beneficial for women’s health and avoiding them can harm women, just the way smoking can, according to a new study. Researchers found women with active sunlight exposure habits experience a lower mortality rate than women who avoid sun exposure. The study, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, shows that regular sun exposure is not only good for you, it’s a major factor to health and longevity. The research, led by Dr Pelle Lindqvist, of Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge, Sweden, is based on a study of nearly 30,000 Swedish women for over 20 years. It found that compared to those who avoided sun rays, women with active sun exposure habits were mainly at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and non-cancer/non-CVD death. What’s even more remarkable is that the researchers found avoiding sun rays is on par with smoking as a health risk, according to Good. Smoking Hazards: Pregnant Women Discard Warnings Senior citizen smokers in the study with active exposure to sun rays had a 2-year longer life expectancy compared with smokers who avoided sun exposure. Compared to the highest sun rays exposure group, life expectancy of “avoiders” of sun exposure was reduced by 0.6–2.1 years.Like us on Facebook “Nonsmokers who avoided sun exposure had a life expectancy similar to smokers in the highest sun exposure group, indicating that avoidance of sun exposure is a risk factor for death of a similar magnitude as smoking,” the researchers concluded. The study did, however, acknowledge the risks of exposure to sun rays, admitting that it can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. But they found that subjects with regular sun exposure who develop skin cancer had a better prognosis than subjects who stayed out of the sun. So ladies, it’s time for you to get out in the sun and soak in those nice, warm sun rays, if you want to live longer and healthier. Photo Source: Pixabay, Flickr