Medical Disorders
Resources
Basic InformationLookupsLatest News
Do Immune-Based Cancer Drugs Work Better in Men?Gene Found in Amish Helps Protect Their HeartsOmicron May Overcome Prior COVID InfectionWindy Days Are Safer Days When It Comes to COVID-19Most Vaccinated Adults Plan to Get Boosters: PollStudy Finds Delta Somewhat Resistant to Vaccines — What About Omicron?Is the Mumps Vaccine Becoming Less Effective?Vaping Can Trigger Gene Changes in Cells: StudyPfizer or Moderna? Head-to-Head Study Shows One Shot Has an EdgeSurvivors of Severe COVID Face Doubled Risk for Death a Year LaterKids With Uncontrolled Asthma at Higher Odds for Severe COVID-19Nearly 7% of U.S. Kids Have Had a Head Injury or ConcussionFirst U.S. Omicron Case Reported in CaliforniaCDC to Toughen COVID Testing for International TravelersCertain Blood Thinners Can Raise Risk of 'Delayed' Bleeding After Head InjuryFDA Panel Gives Support to Merck's COVID Antiviral PillLong-Haul COVID Can Include Chronic Fatigue: StudyVaccines, Boosters Should Protect Against Severe COVID, Even With Omicron: FauciPfizer to Seek FDA Approval of Boosters for Teens Ages 16-17Regeneron Says Its Antibody Cocktail Likely Weakened by Omicron VariantCOVID May Trigger Heart Condition in Young AthletesMany People With High Blood Pressure May Take a Drug That Worsens It: StudyBiden Pushes Vaccines, Masks as Best Defense Against Omicron VariantHow Easily Can Singing Spread COVID-19?New Insights Into What Might Drive Parkinson's DiseaseHot Days Can Send Even Younger Folks to the ERRed Light in Morning May Protect Fading Eyesight: StudyMerck's COVID Pill Appears Effective, But May Pose Pregnancy Risks: FDAVaccine Makers Already Testing Their Shots Against Omicron VariantWhat Experts Know About the Omicron 'Variant of Concern'What You Need to Know About Stomach CancerFetal Infection With COVID-19 Possible, But UnlikelyCOVID Protection Wanes After 2 Doses of Pfizer Vaccine: StudyRural Hospitals' ERs Just as Effective as Urban Ones: StudyBoosters: What You Need to KnowAHA News: Pulmonary Embolism Is Common and Can Be Deadly, But Few Know the SignsAlmost 1 in Every 3 College-Age Americans Are Now ObeseAnimal Study Offers Hope for a Vaccine Against Lyme DiseaseAddictive Opioid Painkillers Might Not Be Needed After Knee SurgeryYears of Blood Thinners After Stenting Might Not Be NecessaryU.S. COVID Cases, Hospitalizations on the Rise Just Before ThanksgivingVaping Could Weaken Your Bones, Study FindsWearable Vibration Device May Ease Parkinson's TremorPfizer Says Its COVID Vaccine Provides Full Protection to AdolescentsBooster Shots Prompt Stronger, Longer Protection Than Original Shots: StudyTV Remotes, Nurse Call Buttons: Where Coronavirus Lingers in Nursing HomesBlood Pressure During Surgery May Be Crucial After Spinal Cord InjuryPeople on Immune-Suppressing Meds Fare Equally Well With Severe COVIDDelta Variant Ups Risk of Stillbirth, Death During Pregnancy, Reports ShowAre You at Risk for Stress Urinary Incontinence?
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Cancer
Men's Health
Women's Health

Protecting Your Skin From Sun Won't Weaken Your Bones: Study

HealthDay News
by Ernie Mundell
Updated: Nov 18th 2021

new article illustration

THURSDAY, Nov. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Most people know that sun-sourced vitamin D is good for their bones. So could avoiding the sun to reduce skin cancer risk weaken your bones?

A new study brings a reassuring answer: "Sun-protective" behavior — wearing long sleeves, seeking shade or using sunscreen — "was not associated with decreased bone mineral density or increased risk of osteoporotic fracture," the researchers concluded.

One expert who wasn't connected to the study said the findings should put people's unease to rest.

"It is critical that patients understand that proper sun protection does not make them more at risk for osteoporosis and is important for preventing life-threatening skin cancers, such as malignant melanoma," said Dr. Michele Green. She's a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

The new study was led by Dr. Megha Tollefson, of the department of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Her team looked at federal government data on more than 3,400 U.S. adults averaging about 40 years of age who'd completed questionnaires detailing their sun-protective behaviors.

Nearly 32% of the participants said they frequently sought out shade, around 12% said they intentionally wore long sleeves and about 26% used sunscreen — all to help avoid skin cancers, the findings showed.

Tollefson's team then looked at data on all of the study participants' bone mineral density tests and any history of bone fractures that might be linked to osteoporosis.

The study could find no significant association between sun-protective behaviors and bone mineral density, and "there was no increased risk of osteoporotic bone fractures," either.

The findings are important, the study authors said, because the myth that sunscreen will deplete the body of bone-building vitamin D remains widespread.

"Despite the lack of established data to support negative associations of sun protection with vitamin D status and bone health, many patients may still be reluctant to use sunscreen because, in their own words, 'I don't want to become vitamin D-deficient,'" Tollefson's group reported.

The researchers believe the new study helps further the "sun-protective conversation" around these myths.

The study was published online recently in JAMA Dermatology.

More information

Find out more about protecting yourself from skin cancer at the American Cancer Society.

SOURCES: Michele Green, MD, dermatologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; JAMA Dermatology, Oct. 27, 2021, online




Facebook

Amazon Smile

 

Children and Adult services are available now with no wait time.  

Please contact HBH at 860-548-0101, option 2.

 


powered by centersite dot net