Sunlight is good … if limited. We need it to make our own vitamin D to stay healthy. But too much of it can cause a range of health problems. According to a recent study, postmenopausal women have to be extra alert about sunlight!

The researchers investigated 580 women across Western Europe and have identified a link between the dose of sunlight after menopause and the concentrations of hormones in blood. The researchers found that women who were most exposed to UV-radiation, had lower levels of estrogens and more other hormones compared to those exposed to lower levels of UV-radiation. A low estrogen level and a high level of the other hormones increases the risk of different diseases such as heart diseases, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer.

The researchers don’t know yet what effect the sun has on the hormone balance of younger women. This has to be further investigated.

But for now, sunbathing 10-15 minutes a day in the sun with your face and uncovered lower arms should be save. Of course, this time is variable and depends on the skin sensitivity and the place you live.

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