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Recommended sun exposure for low risk individuals in SEQ

While we've all been cautioned about the risks of sun exposure, it's important to recognise the numerous health benefits that sunlight brings to our well-being. When sunlight touches your skin, you absorb UV radiation and convert it into vitamin D, a crucial element for absorbing calcium and phosphate, fundamental for skeletal health. But it goes beyond your bones. There are vitamin D receptors in nearly every cell in your body. This includes immune cells, muscle cells and brain cells.

On top of these benefits, exposure to morning light plays a pivotal role in maintaining a well-functioning circadian rhythm, impacting everything from mood to sleep. It's crucial to recognise that sunlight exposure involves a delicate balance—while UVB triggers vitamin D production, UVA triggers the production of nitric oxide, known for lowering blood pressure.

For the Southern Downs community, where sunny days are abundant, the guidelines are clear: a few minutes of sun exposure on most days of the week is considered adequate for good health. To ensure a balanced approach, it's crucial to monitor UV levels, shield your skin when the UV index is three or more, and make applying sunscreen a daily habit. If you are at high risk of developing skin cancer including those with a fair complexion, freckles, light hair colour or a family history of such cancers, is it best to consult your doctor for personalised advice.

Contact us on (07) 4666 3336 to book an appointment.

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