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Association of sun-protective behaviors with bone mineral density and osteoporotic bone fractures

JAMA Dec 18, 2021

Afarideh M, Sartori-Valinotti JC, Tollefson MM, et al. - Observations from this study lend support to the safety and continued practice of sun-protective behaviors, with no considerable negative relation with bone health or the risk of osteoporotic fractures.

  • In this population-based cross-sectional study of 3,418 US adults 20 years and older, the relationship of sun-protective behaviors with bone mineral density z scores and the prevalence of osteoporotic fractures was examined.

  • According to findings, sun-protective behaviors (ie, staying in the shade, wearing long sleeves, applying sunscreen) were not linked with decreased site-specific bone mineral density or elevated prevalence of osteoporotic bone fractures.

  • Sun protection could be related to a modest reduction in the prevalence of osteoporotic fractures, likely owing to risk-averse behaviors.

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