Vitamin D deficiency in UAE residents one of highest in the world

Residents suffering from the deficiency are prone to osteoporosis, a bone degeneration disease.

UAE residents may live in one of the sunniest regions in the world, but up to 90 percent of those living in the emirates suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency., according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF).

The foundation stated that the number residents suffering from the deficiency, which causes osteoporosis, a bone degeneration disease, is one of the highest in the world.

Dubai based Nutritionist and Health Promoter Hala Barghout said studies from the Third International Conference on Vitamin D Deficiency also showed 78 percent of the UAE population have vitamin D deficiency, with the issue highly prevalent in Emirati women.

It is a progressive bone disease which causes the deterioration of bone tissue and creates low bone mass, leading to bone fragility and a higher risk of broken bones.

Known as “the silent thief” due to its lack of symptoms of bone loss, osteoporosis causes fractures that are more common than heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer combined.

In order to prevent the disease and vitamin D deficiency, Barghout recommends getting 10 minutes of sun exposure daily.

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