UK-based medical societies suggest more sun exposure for vitamin D and osteoporosis prevention

This week, a number of health organizations based in the UK released a statement on vitamin D in regards to osteoporosis, sun light and other points of confusion for many individuals. According to Medical News Today, the groups wrote "enjoy the sun safely, including a few minutes around the middle of the day without sunscreen."

The organizations that participated in this statement include Cancer Research UK, the British Association of Dermatologists, Diabetes UK, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the National Heart Forum, the National Osteoporosis Society and the Primary Care Dermatology Society.

Ed Yong, head of health information and evidence at Cancer Research UK, said that the statement "brings together the latest evidence on vitamin D."

Currently, researchers are trying to determine what levels of the vitamin count as sufficient, and what constitutes appropriate exposure to the sun. In addition, eating foods that are fortified with vitamin D can be beneficial. Most humans absorb the nutrient through sunlight.

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, 44 million Americans are at increased risk for bone fracture.
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