Close the blinds and throw away your sunglasses. Thanks to Scottish researchers, you’ll never have to see sunlight again.
A new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology claims a lack of sunlight plays no role in cardiovascular disease. This challenges the long-held notion that vitamin D deficiency, which comes from a lack of exposure to natural night, causes heart problems.
“We’ve known for many years that a low level of vitamin D is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease,” said Professor Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation. “But it was not clear whether lack of vitamin D directly causes the increased risk or is a consequence of other factors.”
However, the new study seems to put this debate to rest. Its results suggest vitamin D deficiency is a symptom rather than a cause.
People with lower vitamin D levels did have higher rates of cardiovascular disease, but low vitamin D levels were also associated with lifestyle and other risk factors.
When these were corrected for, vitamin D levels had a trivial or no additional effect.
While there are other health risks associated with a lack of sunlight, I suggest you ignore those and spend your days behind closed doors eating Corn Nuts watching reruns of NCIS, as God intended.
(Source: The Scotsman)