Another reason to cut back on sun exposure…

As the warmer months approach, plans for outdoor activities are in the works. Picnics, beach weekend getaways, and summer festivals will soon fill the calendar. Along with the sunshine will come UV radiation and the effects thereof. With ample sunscreen, people will block the harmful rays to prevent skin cancer and premature aging. Consequently, they will not benefit much from the sun’s natural measure of Vitamin D.

 Evidence suggests that a reasonable quantity of Vitamin D may even help curb depression.  However, a new study conducted at the University of Copenhagen indicates that too much of the nutrient can be harmful as well. According to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, high levels of Vitamin D have been linked for the very first time with cardiovascular deaths. In the study, an increased risk of a fatal stroke or heart attack correlated with Vitamin D levels that were higher than 100 nanomol per litre. More than 200,000 people were observed for a period of seven years (woah… that’s some customer service in higher education, right there!), and the ideal level appears to be 70.