TVNZ/NZPA: Risks outweigh rewards in sunbed use

New research shows that using sunbeds has more risks than benefits.

The research, conducted by NIWA, showed that sunbed use exposes people to more UV radiation than natural sunlight, while at the same time not producing the same amounts of Vitamin D in users.

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“Researchers found the average UV index for the sunbeds was similar to New Zealand summer sunlight. But the same exposure in a sunbed makes less vitamin D than natural sunlight, based on knowledge of the wavelengths that produce vitamin D and sunburn.

“”More disturbingly, the intensity of radiation at some wavelengths from these sunbeds was several times higher than ever occurs in sunlight at the earth’s surface,” said Dr Richard McKenzie, Niwa principal scientist in atmospheric radiation.”