- "The health benefits of exposing skin to sunlight may far outweigh the risk of developing skin cancer, according to scientists.
Edinburgh University research suggests sunlight helps reduce blood pressure, cutting heart attack and stroke risks and even prolonging life.
UV rays were found to release a compound that lowers blood pressure.
Researchers said more studies would be carried out to determine if it is time to reconsider advice on skin exposure.
Heart disease and stroke linked to high blood pressure are estimated to lead to about 80 times more deaths than those from skin cancer in the UK.
Dietary vitamin D supplements alone will not be able to compensate for lack of sunlight” [said] Dr Richard Weller [of] Edinburgh University
Production of the pressure-reducing compound, nitric oxide, is separate from the body's manufacture of vitamin D, which rises after exposure to sunshine."
I hope to post up on what I've been doing to lower my blood pressure, although I suspect much out it was out of my control.
There are other advantages to working outdoors - not least exposure to the sounds of nature. The BBC site today carried an interesting piece on birdsong. Birdsong has been used in a variety of places to great benefit. Of note was use of a shortened 'Dawn Chorus' to address fear of needles amongst children at Alder Hey Children's Hospital:
- "The recording was used to calm young patients as they received injections and other treatments, with positive results. "The children find it very calming and it can help them de-stress before undergoing treatments or surgery," says the hospital."
Better still, get out there and experience it first hand.