Sunbathe to Prevent a Stroke?

Published: October 13, 2012

In a study of more than 16,000 people aged 45 and older, those who lived in areas with the shortest exposure to sunlight had a 56% increased risk of stroke.

"The sun gets a bad rap, but sensible sun exposure is probably the way to go," one of the researchers told the press.

Why is sunlight protective? The answer is simple. It triggers the production of vitamin D, which study after study shows nourishes the circulatory system, cutting the risk of heart attacks — and now strokes, too!

Avoid sunburn, not sunshine. A regular noontime walk of at least 10 minutes is a great prescription for healthier arteries — including those to your heart and brain.

For more information, see "Lack of Sunlight, Vitamin D Tied to Stroke Risk."


The use of ground and satellite data to determine the relationship between long and short-term sunlight exposure with stroke incidence in the "Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study," International Stroke Conference. Kent ST, et al. International Stroke Conference, 2012; Abstract 2591.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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