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posted on 30.09.2021, 06:06 authored by Juma RahmanJuma Rahman
Sun exposure may have beneficial effects in humans, including cardiovascular health. However, little is known about what characteristics are related to sun exposure. We carried out a cross-sectional analysis to identify factors associated with self-reported sun exposure.
A total of 5,110 participants aged 50 to 84 years were recruited. χ2 tests showed that 60-69-year-old, males, Māori ethnic group and subjects with a secondary level of education were associated (P<0.0001) with high sun exposure (≥ 15 hours/ week). After adjustment, alcohol intake (PR 1.43 with 95% CI 1.22, 1.68), physical activity (PR 1.34 with 95% CI 1.22, 1.46), seasons (spring and summer) and skin reaction (only tan PR 1.37 with 95% CI 1.19, 1.58) were found significantly associated (P<0.0001). Subjects with lower body mass index (<25 kg/m2) reported highest levels of sun exposure.

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