A study has revealed that exposure to the sun may cut a woman's risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
New research involving more than 200,000 women has pointed out that sunshine can reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to a great extent.
In their study, researchers evaluated exposure to the sun depending on where women lived and worked. Earlier research had revealed that people living in northern latitudes carry an elevated risk of RA, as well as other auto-immune conditions including Type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
The study tracked 1,314 women for nearly three decades who had developed RA. The study results showed that women with highest levels of exposure to sunlight were 21pc less likely to develop the disease.
"This adds to the growing evidence that exposure to UV-B light is associated with decreased risk of rheumatoid arthritis.''