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People who spend time in the sun, lives longer.....

Postby Fortan » Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:37 am

... than the average population, according to a study of 130,000 people in Denmark.

Very interesting article on this in one of the Danish newspapers today:

http://jyllands-posten.dk/indland/ECE61 ... -laengere/

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Edit: Just rewrote a little of the translation

Sunbathers live longer
Persons who have been diagnosed with regular skin cancer live longer than the general population, new research shows.

A team of Danish researchers are coming up with a surprising study showing that eager sun worshipers - people who have been diagnosed with regular skin cancer - on average live six years longer than the general population.

They have, moreover, have a lower incidence of both heart attack and osteoporosis than the rest of the population, writes Politiken Wednesday.

The researchers can not point to a direct causal link between sun exposure and the finds.

In the other extreme

- One should certainly have respect for the sun - and avoid sunburn, especially in children and adolescents, and in this way especially to reduce the incidence of the bad form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, says Professor Børge Nordestgaard, Herlev Hospital, Politiken.

He is one of the researchers behind the study, published in the journal International Journal of Epidemiologist.

- We have in recent years seen a degree of 'fear of the sun' and it seems to me to go to the other extreme, says Børge Nordestgaard.

Inge Haunstrup Clemmensen, who is a senior consultant in the Danish Cancer Society, it seems that the study is interesting:

- It raises the suspicion that there may be a connection between the sun and the positive health findings that demonstrated in the group of people who have had common skin cancer.

Perhaps more exercise

- But it's just important to keep in mind that it does not show an actual causal relationship, she says to Politiken.

In the study of health-related data from 4.4 million Danes aged 40-100 years analyzed. The analysis covers the period 1980-2006. 130,000 citizens who had common skin cancer, were compared with the rest of the population.

At Cancer Society believes Inge Haunstrup Clemmensen that one possible explanation could be that people who can afford and time to be much in the sun, often fans of outdoor sports or exercise - and that they thus improves health.

/ REUTERS /


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Postby JR8 » Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:18 pm

Richer people get to travel + people not in poverty tend to live longer.

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Postby Fortan » Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:30 pm

JR8 wrote:Richer people get to travel + people not in poverty tend to live longer.

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Wouldn't really apply much to the Danish population, which is pretty average in income. The wealth distribution curve in Denmark is one of the flattest in the World.

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 16 Oct 2013 1:19 pm

I'm suggesting the Danes as a whole have better life expectancy, as they 'are rich', (and hence get to travel).

i.e. I'm not suggesting the reason they live longer, is down solely to their travels.

Cart and horse, eh what ;)


p.s. Yes well, flat income distribution comes from socialist governments, and c/w up to 90% tax rates. Skol! Welcome to Scandinavia!!

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Postby Fortan » Wed, 16 Oct 2013 1:26 pm

JR8 wrote:I'm suggesting the Danes as a whole have better life expectancy, as they 'are rich', (and hence get to travel).

i.e. I'm not suggesting the reason they live longer, is down solely to their travels.

Cart and horse, eh what ;)


p.s. Yes well, flat income distribution comes from socialist governments, and c/w up to 90% tax rates. Skol! Welcome to Scandinavia!!


Skol back at you.... :) The 130k participants were all Danish, mind... :)

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Postby Max Headroom » Wed, 16 Oct 2013 3:36 pm

Yeah, I'm sure there's a living standard aspect at play also.

But it doesn't surprise me at all that sun exposure increases life expectancy. All I have to do is take a look at all the 60, 70 and even 80 year old fogey's at our sailing club, most of them members since the 1980's. Not only do they still sail single-handedly, but they're positively brimming with Qi. Awesome.

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 16 Oct 2013 5:46 pm

I think that's down to more than sun...

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- routine social interaction
- physical pursuits
- future plans and ambitions
- etc
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Retiring, and spending future years alone in your garden shed is not the way. The classic and long running UK comedy 'Last of the summer wine', put an endearing, and jolly face upon this reality ...

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe8oQNFGtSkBpt4teZS_DNg
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Postby Max Headroom » Fri, 18 Oct 2013 7:19 am

Sure, our Biology is way too complicated to pin anything down to one single aspect. Which is also the reason why I think that taking Vitamin D supplements isn't the same as actually getting some sun exposure.

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:27 am

I think you nailed it precisely.


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