Health risks of global climate change

It’s well-known by now that sunbathing is bad news for skin cancer and other conditions, however the sun is necessary for the body to synthesize vitamin D. Global warming and changes in the ozone layer have made the sun’s rays stronger, so sunbathers are more susceptible to dangerous radiation now than ever before. That’s not the only health risk associated with global climate change.

A study to be presented at the European Respiratory Society’s Annual Congress in Amsterdam explains how ozone-related deaths are likely to increase over the next 60 years. Researchers also predict that Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal will see the biggest increase.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), climate change has already caused over 140,000 deaths annually from when it was first recognized in the 1970s to 2004. Air pollution, inadequate drinking water and an increased spread of malaria are all associated with climate change.

Do what you can to protect yourself, but bear in mind that if you stay out of the sun, you may be trading off a vitamin deficiency for the sake of your skin and other health problems. Be sure to take a vitamin supplement like Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual Vitamin D3 to ensure adequate levels of this essential nutrient.

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