Slip, Slop, Slap!It sounds like a breeze when you say it like that
Slip, Slop, Slap!Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat,
Although I normally gravitate to the clinical side of health psychology rather than towards health promotion, I thought this story about the flip side of a successful health promotion campaign worth sharing.
In fact, it has been so successful in raising awareness of the dangers of sun exposure that a new problem has appeared. Some groups are now failing to get enough sun and are suffering from a deficiency of vitamin D.
A lack of vitamin D has been linked to increased risk of broken bones. The problem has been particularly seen among those less likely to be exposed to sunlight, namely the elderly population and in women required to cover up for religious reasons.
But please don't race out and assume a prone position on the nearest piece of sand. The skin cancer protection message is still extremely important.
The answer can be as simple as getting a few minutes of sun every day. How many is dependent on geographical location, time of day and year.
As an alternative, vitamin D supplementation has already been shown to be effective in reducing fractures. However, it is important to add that vitamin D can be toxic in large doses, so please consult with your doctor before considering taking supplements.
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