Current public health recommendations advise against sun exposure because it has been associated with an increased risk for skin cancer. While true for people with fair skin and a history of repeated sun burns, for the majority of the population, sensible sunshine exposure (in proper doses, without burning) has a positive impact on health and may protect against disease, helping people live longer.
Avoiding sun exposure increases mortality
A study of 29,518 Swedish women by Lindqvist et al. (2014) found that all-cause mortality was inversely related to sun exposure. The mortality rate for women who avoided sun exposure was two times higher that of those with the highest sun exposure, with an intermediate mortality rate in those with moderate sun exposure.
In a following analysis of the same group of women, Lindqvist et al. (2016) found that avoidance of sunshine resulted in a shorter life expectancy comparable to the shortened life expectancy of smokers. The lead author, Dr. Pelle Lindqvist, put it another way, “We found smokers in the highest sun exposure group were at a similar risk as non-smokers avoiding sun exposure, indicating avoidance of sun exposure to be a risk factor of the same magnitude as smoking.”
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