Medical Director Professor Peter Ebeling talks vitamin D
Sunshine can have a positive effect on mood, reduce the risk of certain diseases and is also an important element for treating and reducing the chances of getting poor bone health.
It is important to balance sun safety and getting a healthy amount of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiencies can lead to a range of health issues. Not enough vitamin D can lead to poor bone health including osteoporosis and broken bones.
"Guidelines try to minimise the risk of skin cancer while ensuring people can still harvest the health benefits of sunshine" says Professor Peter Ebeling. "Basically, avoid sunlight when the UV index is three or higher. Take all protective measures if you have to be outside at these times. And seven minutes of sun exposure to the face, arms and hands at or before 11 am, or after 3 pm on most days in summer is adequate for getting enough sun for health benefits, especially when combined with exercise."