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Old 06-30-2022, 11:41 AM
Location: Canada
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Originally Posted by recycled View Post
This is an interesting thread, although I've never lived in Canada. I have spent most of my life on the US west coast, mostly California. Since I retired at the end of 2017, I have split my time between Tucson AZ and eastern Germany (51 degrees north latitude, similar to many cities in Canada).

I have northern European ancestors, meaning fair skin, In California and Arizona, I was always paranoid about covering up, wearing large brim hats, polarized sunglasses and using sunscreen on exposed skin when out for a long time. For a good reason, since I have a grandfather that died from melanoma, and my mother survived melanoma in her 40s. I also visit a dermatologist once a year for a preventative check.

Here in Germany, the sun angle is much lower than CA or AZ most of the year and I am not as sensitive to the sun. I still wear long sleeves most of the time, and wear my brim hats, but the sun is not as intense as in the clear skies of California or Arizona. The humidity level here is also comfortable instead of mostly dry like AZ or southern California - the super dry desert air was really uncomfortable for my skin at times.

Some people in Germany, and I suspect also in Canada, make up for the sun-limited months of November to March by spending a whole lot of time exposed in the sun from May to September. When I say exposed, I mean fully exposed, as most lakes and beaches in the eastern part of Germany have "no clothes" areas and are fairly often crowded. That's why it is hard to generalize and say "all Canadians" (or other northern latitude residents) get less sun damage due to the northern latitudes, compared to people in places further south.
I think Manitobans spend as much time outdoors in the summertime as possible. While our winters are cold, we get a lot of sunshine year round. But I am inexplicably low on vitamin D. Yet I am seldom indoors in the summer, and I am outdoors often enough in the winter for my face to burn in the areas where it isn't covered by a scarf and toque. I am also fair skinned with freckles in the summer but still get very brown in the summer.

Years ago there was reason for the doctor to want me evaluated for MS, and a connection between low vitamin D and MS was brought up. Of course that was a long time ago and research may have changed some of their views.
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