Step into the Sunlight: It Might Help With Diabetes and Weight Loss

For the last few decades, conventional wisdom told us to stay out of the sun. Now, a new study published in "Diabetes" suggests that sunlight can be good for you.

Sunshine Study

According to the study, researchers found overfed mice were less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes if they were exposed to UV light. Mice exposed to UV light were also thinner than those who were not.

Theories

According to the study, researchers say nitric oxide might have been the key in the difference. When the skin is exposed to sunlight, it releases nitric oxide.

What This Means for Diabetes

The jury is still out on whether these findings will be useful. Humans may not have the same results as mice. But should it be determined that casual exposure to UV light is helpful, UV therapy may be something to consider in the future to help prevent obesity and diabetes in children.

At this point, however, it’s not recommended anyone run around outside without their sun screen.

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