View Full Version : Sunbathers live longer than those who avoid the sun?

Little bit
03-21-2016, 08:17 PM
Even more stunning, avoiding sun exposure was determined to be a risk factor on the same magnitude as smoking:

"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," said Dr. Pelle Lindqvist, lead author of the Journal of Internal Medicine study. "Guidelines being too restrictive regarding sun exposure may do more harm than good for health."

Why do sunbathers live longer than those who avoid the sun?

Avoidance of sun exposure as a risk factor for major causes of death: a competing risk analysis of the Melanoma in Southern Sweden cohort

Anyone good at parsing the validity of these studies for those of us who don't work in the field? I enjoy some sun exposure most days and avoid using sunscreen since I'm a bit of a chemical-phone. I rationalize my avoidance of sunscreen with some info I learned about it having some ingredients that are harmful, or actually increase skin cancer risk. I over indulged in sunbathing in my teens, growing up in Southern California, which I regret now but I'd love to reframe it as something positive for my health! B)