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Sunlight protects against diabetes and MS

A lack of exposure to sunlight can be a factor in a number of diseases including multiple sclerosis, type-1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and some forms of cancer, a major UK study has concluded.

The study, funded by the Medical Research Council, found that a lack of vitamin D, which interacts with certain genes in the body, is thought to be responsible for affecting the illnesses.

Scientists from Oxford University found that vitamin D directly affects more than 200 genes that affect certain diseases.

One effective method of increasing vitamin D levels is through exposure to the sun.

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