[QODLink]
Asia-pacific

How much sun is good for you?

Australian researchers aim to produce a definitive guidance on how to get the balance right following health concerns.

Last updated: 04 May 2014 04:20
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

One in four adults in Australia is not getting enough Vitamin D which we get from sunlight and which helps fight disease.

This even though Australia gets plenty of sunshine - some areas get an average of eight hours a day - all year round.

Sunlight is the body's main source of this crucial vitamin - but health concerns are causing people to run for the shade. 

So how much sun do you actually need, before it damages your skin? A new study aims to produce a definitive guidance on how to get the balance right.

Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Melbourne.

103

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
Absenteeism among doctors at government hospitals is rife, prompting innovative efforts to ensure they turn up for work.
Marginalised and jobless, desperate young men in Nairobi slums provide fertile ground for al-Shabab.
The Khmer Rouge tribunal is set to hear genocide charges for targeting ethnic Vietnamese and Cham Muslims.
'I'm dying anyway, one piece at a time' said Steve Fobister, who suffers from disabilities caused by mercury poisoning.
The world's newest professional sport comes from an unlikely source: video games.
join our mailing list