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Women who sunbathe live longer: study

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 2 Dec 2010, 11:20

Published: 02 Dec 2010 11:20 GMT+01:00

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"Our studies show that women with active sunbathing habits live longer," said chief physician Håkan Olsson at the division of oncology at Lund University, to the local Göteborgs-Posten (GP) daily.

Studies of the sun exposure habits of 40,000 women in southern Sweden have found that the health benefits of spending extended periods in the sun outweigh the negatives, such as the increased risk for skin cancer.

Olsson argued that he was not alone in claiming "that there can be other factors other than the sun which affect the risks for developing malignant melanomas", and that exposure to the sun could help protect against a slew of other conditions.

Researchers claim that exposure to the sun is attributed to helping against blood clots, which are twice as common in the darker periods of the year than in the summer, the newspaper reported.

Furthermore the incidence of type 2 diabetes also shows seasonal variations, with the winter boom in cases attributed to a lack of vitamin D.

Skin cancer is however an increasing problem in Sweden, including the occurrence of dangerous malignant melanomas and the role of vitamin D is becoming an increasing popular cancer research area as scientific evidence mounts of its positive health benefits.

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While doctors agree that avoiding sunburn and exercising caution in the sun is important, there is some dissent over blanket recommendations against solariums, protective clothing and comprehensive use of sunscreen, GP reported.

"We know that we are inside much more than before - this is certainly a factor to the declining levels of vitamin D," Håkan Olsson told the newspaper.

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:22 December 2, 2010 by Syftfel
Women??? While this story appears to fly in the face on everything we've learned over the years, how about men?
14:29 December 2, 2010 by HYBRED
I have always maintained that women should sunbath more. And it seems that the less they wear the more effective sunbathing would be.
14:57 December 2, 2010 by thinkright24
my study shows that men who do sunbath die younger
14:57 December 2, 2010 by PAVR
I would like to pay tribute to HYBRED's totally politically incorrect comment, which may enrage all Swdeish women who find it so disgraceful that they might be considered attractive to men.
15:18 December 2, 2010 by Swedesmith
In the interest of good health I am now in the process of constructing a female sunbathing area on my property. Free rubdowns with suntan oil will also be provided.
15:59 December 2, 2010 by stillwatersrd

Hear hear!


16:22 December 2, 2010 by ilockitdown
i second Stillwatersrd's post
17:13 December 2, 2010 by McChatter

I'm still working on the counter-study, man! Just keep getting side-tracked now and again. Desperately trying to find the babe in the picture, so that I can carry out an in-depth interview.
18:32 December 2, 2010 by Dazzler
I LOVE summertime in Sweden...only wish I would of came here in my late teens and early 20s....damn it!
18:33 December 2, 2010 by robertfoertsch
Surfing naked right now. Drive naked when circumstances are favorable. Basically I dont have a place where the sun doesn't shine.I feel great. TRUTH+GRACE=FREEDOM Robert
18:42 December 2, 2010 by conboy
Great picture!
23:37 December 2, 2010 by GLO
Nuts!! But great looking girl....
01:29 December 3, 2010 by Da Goat
I am not sure we want them living longer ! too many old ones!

I am satisfied with living better and more like the one pictured!

so chase them back inside the house to do some ordinary baking first fellas or if they have time on their hands then they can do sun baking so they can be healthy like the one pictured!
03:29 December 3, 2010 by JoeSwede
Interesting Article. Nice picture. Moderation is probably the best policy...

Women who sunbathe have enough time to sunbathe by being better. They are genitically superior and will therefore live longer lives.
07:54 December 3, 2010 by Soft Boiled
They AREN`T actually older than non-sunbathers, they just look it ;)
07:55 December 3, 2010 by Just_Kidding
Is it a causation or correlation? maybe it is just because women in good physical shape sunbathe more..
08:05 December 3, 2010 by Dom har glömt
Just the right amount of sun is good for you. This article shines.
16:40 December 3, 2010 by jbkulp
They forgot to post the study that showed that women who sunbathe like her are more likely to become mommies too though.
17:07 December 3, 2010 by Just_Kidding
why this [I assume government founded research] decided to study only sunbathing woman?
20:40 December 3, 2010 by volvoman9
Thank God!!!! or Ra.
22:15 December 3, 2010 by RodgerS
Actually, who cares? This gal will live longer, but will look like a Chinese Shar-Pei dog by the time she is 40.
14:30 December 4, 2010 by Marc the Texan
Glad to see some press that counters the hysteria about sun exposure. The older generation of my family on both side live well into their eighties and nineties and never a case of skin can even though they all spend a lifetime in the sun with fair skin. Same with me. Always in the sun and so far so good. Have my moles checked every few years. Almost 40 and still no wrinkles or gray, but I do have a tan.
20:15 December 4, 2010 by huemanjax
Sweden is quite a bit north of Florida in the USA. Wonder if study applies to women nearer the equator...
20:32 December 4, 2010 by kalle kallesson
Gotta' respond to Just_Kidding about why only sunbathing women ??

Given the subject depicted .... it's likely because who the hell cares to study sunbathing men ? C'mon, this is not hard.... er, difficult.
16:56 December 5, 2010 by swedishsiren2
Why do thay come up with these pictures in the up comming winter months? Nice to admire though
02:56 December 6, 2010 by Cold
Not so sure... Most fit women will strip to tan while the fat ones cover up. Being fit one would assume you live longer. Overweight folks tend to have health issues. Still a great picture..WoooHooo
22:37 December 14, 2010 by wxman
They may live longer, but they will enjoy skin that looks like leather and make frequent trips to the dermatologist to remove the basal cell carcinoma periodically.
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