Sunshine on My Shoulders Makes Me Happy

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-03-23 09:56:21 -0500
Started 2014-03-19 06:24:58 -0500

I came across a great little article on "The Benefits of Sunlight" by Pedro A Orta, DC

My husband was recently diagnosed with D deficiency and he was taking 15-30 minutes to sit out in the sun every day to improve that. But the cool thing I read are some of the benefits of it that I had no idea the sun had for us. Many of us as diabetics can suffer from some of these things and it's nice to know that we may not have to take a pill, but just grab a lawn chair.

1. Sunlight converts cholesterol into Vitamin D, lowering cholesterol
2. Prevents some types of cancer
3. Speeds bone repair
4. Makes our bones stronger
5. Sunlight also soothes the nervous system
6. It treats depression
7. Sunshine also strengthens the cardiovascular system by improving circulation

So take a few minutes every day, and enjoy the outdoors on those sunny days.

41 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-22 11:32:01 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby,

Perfect timing for this. I suspect a lot of us have low Vitamin D as a result of the hard winter we had. About a year ago my doctor advised me to start taking Vitamin D every day after come routine blood tests showed I was really low. I noticed a positive difference in the way I felt soon after. I am looking forward to getting vitamin D the natural way one day soon!


shoulders 2014-03-21 20:47:26 -0500 Report

Wish that it could help with stomach cancer. I also have to take weekly injections of B-12, seems that stomach cancer eats up your B-12. Take care and get plenty of sunshine!!!!!

Richard157 2014-03-21 09:07:15 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby, I agree with the listed benefits of sunshine, as long as we don't get sunburned. I used to walk and work in the sun without a head cover. I developed spots on my forehead and my dermatologist told me I might develop skin cancer. Now I always wear a cap with a bill that protects my head and forehead. I love the sun now that I know how to protect myself.

GabbyPA 2014-03-22 08:40:34 -0500 Report

Yes, it is not saying to go out and get fried. I have very fare skin and I have to be careful, but I only use sun block if I am going to be out for long periods of time. Otherwise, I do wear gear to help me get what I need, but not too much. I also avoid the mid day sun. I tend to be out in the early morning or late evening.

jigsaw 2014-03-22 05:47:22 -0500 Report

I had 3 pre-cancer skin cells removed from the side of my face, and 1 on my left forearm. No big deal, the doctor just zapped them with nitrogen. The sun down here in NC is quite potent. I was warned to use sun screen when ever I'm out doors.
My vitamin levels have been good so far.

theladyiscrazy 2014-03-21 08:56:46 -0500 Report

I do take a daily supplement, as my vitamin D levels plumment if I don't. However, I will start seeing about being in the sun more and maybe I won't have to take as many supplements (or maybe just during the winter months).

Kaydoo 2014-03-20 12:03:54 -0500 Report

I have difficulty being in the sun, I have to supplement.
Too bad for me

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-20 13:17:09 -0500 Report

At one time I had to take some meds. that I couldn't go out in the sun for very long at a time. I am glad I don't have to take them any more so I can do things in the sun again. . I am glad for the supplements, I had to take them then,.

dIDYMUS 2014-03-20 20:44:00 -0500 Report

I took a 3 hour walk with friend and dogs. Sort of in and out of the sun with the trees, but felt really good (although I was kind of tired).But around several lakes. I will not just lay in the sun anymore and roast. But now that the weather is sunny, I will discontinue my Vitamin D because I will get plenty of it. Glad you are off the meds that prevent your suntime.

Michael_1960 2014-03-19 20:37:56 -0500 Report

I have to be outside, it's my nature to be outside. I love being out in the sun, I work in it, and on the weekends I'm in it doing chores outside.

mjhorgan 2014-03-19 19:14:07 -0500 Report

I think spending time it he sun relaxes me, I know my BG readings are always lower when I spend time on the beach.

mjhorgan 2014-03-19 19:12:30 -0500 Report

I love the sun, the best thing for me is to take my pump of and spend the day on beautiful beach.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-03-19 18:41:47 -0500 Report

Living in "sunny" Florida we are told that walking to our car and back to the house is all the sun we need. Any longer than that and we are over exposed. I love living in this climate and this time of the year is so purrfect down here. When I lived up North I always came down to FL to soak up that sun, now that we all know how damaging those rays can be need to wear sunscreen. My doctor also has me on Vitamin D even though the sun always shines down here and I've absorbed all that is humanly safe.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-19 16:36:15 -0500 Report

Love, love, love this discussion. I'm a old time sun worshiper and am anxious for Winter to be over once and for all here so I can get back in it. I did know it can replenish vitamin D. But, I still take Vitamin D to support the calcium I take for osteo arthritis. Great topic Gabby, thanks…

rcmodelr 2014-03-19 14:58:18 -0500 Report

I don't know how common it is, but one of my doctors told me a few years ago that my vitamin D level was a bit low so he suggested I start taking vitamin D supplements. He then suggested I also get more sun exposure to try naturally raising my vitamin D level, but followed that by saying if I spend more than 30 minutes outside in sunlight already, then it's also possible I could be one of many people who's body doesn't produce vitamin D from sun exposure. He said that's not very common, but it sometimes happens especially with people with other auto-immune problems such as Diabetes. He never went into any more detail so I don't know if they have some way of testing the ability of the body to make vitamin D on its own or if it's something they just determine by tracking how much sun exposure the patient claims to get regularly compared to what their tested vitamin D level is. But he told me that although most people produce all the vitamin D their body needs just by getting sun exposure, not everybody's body is able to produce its own vitamin D.

Glucerna 2014-03-19 16:54:47 -0500 Report

I think that it's more common than we initially believed that people can't make enough vitamin D from the sun. Even though I'm outside every day, and I live in sunny Arizona, my vitamin D levels are very low. The only way to know for sure is to have your vitamin D level tested. ~Lynn @Glucerna

haoleboy 2014-03-19 16:22:10 -0500 Report

vitamin D can be an indication of kidney disease (whose job it is to covert D into a usable form)


Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-19 14:46:23 -0500 Report

Gabby, thanks, I love the post. I can hardly wait till the camp grounds here open April the first. I am soooo ready to go camping, fishing, boating, and hiking.

robertoj 2014-03-19 17:05:08 -0500 Report

We love camping but we can't go. My wife's mom has dementia and an amputated leg and requires a lot of attention. These are the result of untreated diabetes.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-20 06:31:07 -0500 Report

I am sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. Untreated diabetes is serious. I will say a prayer for you and your family.

haoleboy 2014-03-19 13:17:36 -0500 Report

"sunshine almost always makes me high"
as a young man of 18 I thought that going to the University of Hawaii would be too cool, and about as far away from Virginia as I could get. I pretty much majored in surfing, sailing and SCUBA.
I am still what you would call a sun worshiper … no chance of vitamin D deficiency here ;)
(I now live in sunny northern California)


Emma2412 2014-03-19 12:49:33 -0500 Report

Hi, Gabby — awesome! I love the sun. Never go so far as getting a sunburn anymore. Had enough of that in my teens. LOL But I love being out in the sun. I didn't know it reduces cholesterol levels. That's great!

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-03-19 12:06:14 -0500 Report

If you are light complected, like I am, you have to protect your skin from UV radiation. I have had several instances of skin cancer which the dermatologists say is a result of too too much sun without using high SPF creams. Remember to especially protect your ears and nose.

dIDYMUS 2014-03-19 09:39:16 -0500 Report

Sun is good. But in my early years, like 20's, we thought sun was about as close to God as you could get. Iodine and Baby oil! Bad combination. Protect your face with SPF and don't get burned. Causes skin cancer. I heard, (don't know if it is true) that even 10 minutes of your arm hanging out side the car is good enough. But that's not fun. But I try, with other friends, to get a good walk on beautiful trails etc. and not get super intense sun, and when the sun is intense, like k yacking or fishing, we use sunblock on our faces. But, I love the sun, it is just a matter of being careful. Plus it causes premature aging. (wrinkles).

PetiePal 2014-03-19 09:18:38 -0500 Report

My endo also recommends a daily D vitamin of at least 1500-2000mg. Especially here in the Northeast it's been a nasty winter.

TRay043 2014-03-19 08:53:55 -0500 Report

Not enough of it here in the Pacific North West, especially during the winter months, so my doctor puts me on the D pill during those times. Thanks for the information.

GabbyPA 2014-03-19 08:46:23 -0500 Report

Living in Florida, it's easy to get that sunshine. We have to be careful we don't get too much at once, but I am glad to hear it does so much for us.

jayabee52 2014-03-19 12:28:07 -0500 Report

It is like that here in LV too, the only difference between here and there is we are a little higher in elevation and we don't have all the humidity that y'all have to diffuse the effects of the sun. We can also dehydrate very quickly out here without knowing it.

stonehedge 2014-03-19 07:39:43 -0500 Report

im a out side person—love the sun shine—-and yes all ways feel better after being in the sun——cloudy days the dits

tabby9146 2014-03-19 07:28:06 -0500 Report

thanks for the reminder! I read this a while back, and so glad I did, I try to get 10-15 mins, each day when I find the time to just sit and get some on my arms, face and neck. I think it helps with mood too. My mother is elderly and she has been doing this for a long time she gets out in her wheel chair and sits right outside her house and sometimes when I am over there ,and she has not done it yet, I take her out and we sit and both of us get our sun.

MoeGig 2014-03-19 06:45:49 -0500 Report

I like the outdoors as you can see, but Vitamin D deficiency can help cancer cells grow. I had been low in D and have been taking a D pill for years. My Doctor said that most people are low in D. It's a simple test that can be added to your regular A1c test. There are many articles that have been written that D inhibits the growth of cancer cells among other things. Cheap insurance. After working hard to maintain a T1 diet to avoid all those complications, it would be aggravating to be taken by cancer…

Shah49 2014-03-19 06:42:19 -0500 Report

You have been putting up pretty nice posts recently and I intend to benefit from them. Thanks for that!

Jan8 2014-03-19 06:37:26 -0500 Report

Here comes my lawn chair !! When it's sunny I feel better all over. Thanks for the great ideas.

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