Sunbathing reduces the risk of multiple sclerosis

An American study of identical twins documented the relationship between sunbathing in childhood and the likelihood of developing multiple sclerosis.

Here is another argument to take the risk staying in the sun and the risk of skin cancer. Spending time in the sun during childhood is scientifically proven to reduce the risk of developing multiple sclerosis later in life, according to a study of twins at the University of California, published in the Neurology magazine.

“Previous research has already suggested a possible link between sunlight and a reduced risk of developing multiple sclerosis. But to further demonstrate the relationship researchers conducted a study of 79 pairs of identical twins where one twin had developed the dangerous neurological disease”,- writes Todays Medicin in a reference to the American research.

Cause not clear, but

The twins, who were born with the same genetic risk of developing multiple sclerosis, were compared as to who had spent the most time doing 9 different activities which involved exposure to sunlight during childhood. For example, who most often went to the beach or sunbathed.

The results show that the more you stayed in the sun, the more protected you were against the disease. Depending on the length of stay in the sun, it demonstrated 25-57 per cent reduction in risk. For example, the twin who spent the most time sunbathing had 49 per cent lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis in the future.

The exact reasons still remain unclear, but the scientists believe that solar ultraviolet radiation affects the immune system, either directly by affecting the immune cells, or indirectly by promoting the production of vitamin D, which is believed to protect against multiple schlerosis. Further research will throw more light on what exactly triggers the mechanism of multiple sclerosis .

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