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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
April 29, 2014
Category: Foot Care

We all know of the dangers of too much sun and of being unprotected from harmful rays due to the risk of skin cancer. There are some benefits of that glorious sunshine though! Spending some time in the sun can give you some much needed Vitamin D, relax you from the stresses of the day and make an outside activity that much more fun.

There is another reason for taking in some sun. Some recent findings are linking time in the sun to a decreased risk of rheumatoid arthritis. The research is finding that older women who have had regular exposure to sunlight may be less likely to develop the condition. The study, which began in 1976 and completed in 2009, followed two age groups of nurses. One group was slightly older, 30-55 and the other a bit younger 25-42.

The research indicates that in this case, the beneficial part of the sun is the ultraviolet B rays. The older group who were more exposed to UV-B sunlight was 21% less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. The younger group did not prove to show as much correlation and it is thought to be due to a higher awareness of the dangers of sun exposure.

It is not yet known how exactly the UV-B rays help reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. What we know here at our podiatric office in Washington, PA is that rheumatoid arthritis can have a significant impact on feet and ankles. If you need help for rheumatoid arthritis, contact Dr. Phil Pinsker for expert and compassionate care and treatment at (724) 225-7410.

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