Does Sunbathing Slow Down MS?

Published: September 28, 2012

It has been clearly documented that people who get less sunshine are more likely to get multiple sclerosis (MS). This new study shows that in some of those who already have MS, getting more sunshine is also associated with better outcomes.

Belgian researchers studied more than 700 people with MS, asking them about their level of sun exposure and their level of disability from the disease. Over a 10-year period, those with the most sun exposure had a lower risk of developing disability.

Note: The results were true for those with "relapsing-onset" MS, which is the type that waxes and wanes. They didn't hold up for those with "progressive MS," which is the kind that steadily worsens.


D'hooghe M, Haentjens P, et al, Mult Scler, 2011 Sep 30.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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