Can A Person Avoid Multiple Sclerosis with Sunlight

by Guest User on March 1, 2012

For the last few years we have talked about little else other than why it is important to stay away from sunlight. We’ve recognized precisely how real a risk skin cancer can be and are doing every little thing we can think of to prevent it from happening. We slather on layers and layers of the largest SPF sunscreens that we can find. We put large old floppy hats on our heads. We put on long sleeves and pant legs even in the warmest of heat. We do our best to keep only in the shady areas – some have even started carrying parasols and umbrellas all over so that their skin never comes into contact with direct sunlight. Now we are starting to realize that sunlight can actually help us. Can the sun seriously help you?

A new analysis has shown that individuals who allow themselves some sun exposure are less likely to develop MS than those who try to minimize their sun exposure. The study was originally performed to find out how Vitamin D affects the progression of Multiple Sclerosis. It quickly became apparent, though, that the Vitamin D generated in our bodies as a reaction to the sun’s rays is what is really at the root of things.

It’s been known for a very long time that Vitamin D and sunlight can influence the way the immune system works and how it can contribute to Multiple Sclerosis. This study, however, focuses on the affects of the sun’s rays on those who are experiencing the very earliest symptoms of the disease. This study is trying to figure out the consequences of Vitamin D in addition to sunshine on the precursory signs and symptoms of the disease.

Sadly, at this time there aren’t truly very many ways that actually prove whether or not the hypothesis of this study are true. The study would like to show whether or not exposure to the sun can actually prevent MS. Sadly, analysts have came to the realization that the only approach to prove this definitively is to monitor a person for his entire life. This is the only way to properly evaluate the currently existent levels of Vitamin D in a person’s blood before the symptoms of MS start to show themselves. The way it is now, people who get normal exposure to the sun appear to experience fewer symptoms of MS than those who live in colder or darker climates–which isn’t new news.

The fact that the danger of getting skin cancer rises proportionally to the amount of time you spend in direct sunlight (without protection) is also a problem. So, in an attempt to stave off one condition, you could be causing yourself to produce a different one. Of course, should you catch skin cancer early enough you are much more likely to cure it. MS even now has no cure.

So what should you do: chance skin cancer or risk MS? Ask a family doctor whether or not this is an excellent idea. Your doctor can evaluate your current health status, your history and even your genetics to determine if you are even at risk for the disease in the first place. From there your doctor can help you figure out the best ways to keep the disease at bay.

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