Over the last few decades we have all been inundated with messages about how exactly important it is to keep out of the sun. We completely understand the risks associated with it and do every little thing we can think of to keep it away from us. We slather on layers and layers of the greatest SPF sunscreens that we can purchase. We put on giant hats. Even throughout the hottest conditions of the year we make ourselves put on long sleeves and pants. We make an effort to stick to the low light areas'some individuals have even taken to carrying parasols around with them to keep the sun from ever making contact with their skin. Now we're starting to see that sunlight can sometimes be pretty helpful. Can you really be helped by the sun?
There is a new study that indicates people who let themselves get some exposure to direct sunlight aren't as prone to come down with MS as those who take steps to minimize sunlight contact on skin. Originally the analysis was to see how Vitamin D influenced the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. It didn't take long for them to realize that it is the Vitamin D our bodies make after exposure to sunlight that is at the center of the issue.
We've known for a very long time that the sun's rays and Vitamin D can slow down the way the immune system contributes to MS. This study, on the other hand, focuses on the affects of the sun's rays on those who are experiencing the very earliest symptoms of the disease. This study is trying to figure out the effects of Vitamin D in addition to sunshine on the precursory symptoms of the disease.
Unfortunately, there are not all that many approaches to really quantify the study's hypothesis. This study is attempting to prove whether or not sunlight can truly help a person prevent Multiple Sclerosis. Sadly, researchers have realized that the only method to prove this definitively is to monitor a person for his entire life. This is only way that it may be possible to calculate and understand the levels of Vitamin D that exist in a person's blood before the precursors of the disease show up. As it appears now, people with typical sun exposure seem to have fewer MS symptoms, particularly in the beginning, than those who live in darker and colder climates'but this was already widely known.
There is also the very significant issue that spending a lot of time in the sun greatly increases a person's chances of developing skin cancer. So, if you try to stop one disease, you may be helping to induce the other one. Of course, if you get skin cancer early on enough you are far more likely to cure it. MS still has no cure.
So should you raise your exposure to the sunshine so that you don't get MS? Your doctor may help you find out whether or not this is a plan for you. Your physician will explore your current state of wellness, your health history and even into your genetics to help you figure out if you even sit at risk for the disease at all. From here your doctor will be able to make it easier to determine the best course of action.