Enjoying the sun 'can lead to healthier lives'

26 March 2012

New health research has revealed that people stepping outside to enjoy a sunny day may also be boosting their wellbeing.

This is after Arthritis Research UK highlighted that safe exposure to the sunshine can increase the levels of vitamin D that a person is subjected to.

Such a vitamin is important for the body, as a deficit could increase the risk of bone loss, rickets and muscle function problems.

On top of this, a deficiency in vitamin D could also be leading to many individuals contracting multiple sclerosis, Arthritis Research UK went on to note.

Alan Silman, the medical director of the organisation, commented: "Our advice to people is to step outside as this is the best way to get vitamin D.

"Don't allow your skin to go red, and take care not to burn, particularly in strong sunshine and if you have fair or sensitive skin."

This weekend has seen Britain basking in hot weather, with Fyvie Castle near Aberdeen seeing the mercury top 22.8 degrees C.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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