Sun exposure could reduce the risk of heart disease in women according to Swedish study

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SOAKING up the sun could help women reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a study in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

It found women with active sun exposure were at a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

The study followed up mortality rates of close to 30,000 Swedish women aged 25-64, 20 years after first assessing them. It found women who avoided the sun had significantly higher mortality rates and avoiding the sun could be as bad for your health as smoking.

Nonsmokers who avoided the sun, it found, had the same life expectancy as smokers with high sun exposure.

The findings came as no surprise to Catie Allen, who spends as much time as she can soaking up the rays near her home in Casuarina near Byron Bay, running, surfing or walking along the beach.

“I’m in the sun all the time, it’s so important to boost your health and happiness,” she said. “I’m always encouraging my family and grandparents to get out and get some vitamin D … It’s super important for your wellbeing and boosting your mental health, too.”

Another study in Australia hopes to provide insight into vitamin D levels and cancer, cardiovascular and other diseases.