Sunshine To Prevent #Osteoporosis

The National Osteoporosis Society has today launched their Sunlight campaign designed to encourage us to get enough sun to top up our Vitamin D levels.

In their surveys, some common myths came out so I thought it might be worth sharing them.

Many people said they got enough Vitamin D from their food.

  • Only about 10% of our vitamin D comes from food.

Others said they knew sunshine was vital to get Vitamin D but that they wear sunscreen.

  • You can’t increase Vitamin D with sunscreen on so the advice is to get out in the sun with bare skin for a few minutes several times in the day to boost levels but avoid burning. 
  • If your shadow is shorter than you, the sun is at the right angle to produce vitamin D. 
  • If your skin starts to burn, your body will begin to deplete the vitamin D that it has produced so safe sun is always best.

I’m fine: I sit in my conservatory for hours, or by the window.

  • No, you’re not. Your body cannot produce vitamin D thorough windows – you need to be outside.

We never get any sun in the UK anyway!

  • Even on cloudy summer days, we can still produce vitamin D but it can take a little longer. 

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