Vitamin D is an important building block for human health and is mainly produced in the skin by exposure to sunlight. However, there is a high percentage of vitamin D deficiency in the UAE despite the year-round sunlight; many residents have a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency.
UAE has one of the highest levels of vitamin D deficiency in the world - about 60 per cent in men and 65 per cent in women. Figures shows85 per cent of the UAE population has vitamin D deficiency and the condition seems to be more prevalent during the summer, according to the largest study of its kind ever carried out in the UAE by Dubai Hospital.
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to an increased risk of developing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. It is critical for bone mineralization over the previous decade. It has received significant media attention for its association with many adverse health outcomes beyond bone health including cancer, autoimmune diseases, infections, diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular health. Because of this fact, there has been a notable increase in screening for vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D plays a major role in bone metabolism disorders. Recent studies have linked vitamin D deficiency with many other diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. An estimated one billion people suffer from vitamin D deficiency worldwide.
Normally our body takes vitamin D in the form of sun-synthesis through the skin. But in UAE, where many of the residents spend countless hours indoors, the actual exposure to sun is limited.
Sufficient sunlight exposure and food that contains vitamin D are very essential for maintaining adequate vitamin D levels. Every person should get exposed to the sun early morning daily for about 15-20 minutes. The production of vitamin D from the skin decreases with age, you have to consult your doctor because recommendations may vary. Sun screen lotions and umbrellas are prohibited, as they prevent our skin from producing vitamin D.
Laboratory test results are very important to evaluate, treat and prevent vitamin D deficiency in patients at high risk. It is a silent epidemic therefore; people will not be able to determine whether they have low vitamin D levels without a vitamin D total blood test. Measurement of Vitamin D-Total Levels is the best current measure of vitamin D status.
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