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Vitamin D Could Be Added to Milk Due to Widespread Deficiency in UAE

Date: 5th August 2012 | Created by: Troo Healthcare | Tags: vitamin d deficiency, vitamin d, why do we need vitamin d, what does vitmin d do
Despite having year round sunshine, vitamin d deficiency in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become such a widespread problem that doctors have recommended milk be fortified with the vitamin. Estimates suggest that the UAE has some of the worst vitamin D deficiency problems in the world, due to the fact that most people go out of their way to avoid the sun and don't get sufficient vitamin D from their food.

"Name almost any disease and you'll find it's connected to vitamin D deficiency," were the words from Dr Afrozul Haq, a senior clinical scientist at the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City. This supports our recent article 'Vitamin D Deficiency: What Does Vitamin D Do And Why Do We Need It?'

On average people produce 90% of their vitamin c from exposure to the sunlight and just 10% from food sources. In most case we either don't get enough exposure to the sun due to poor weather (UK) or due to avoidance - as is the case in the UAE. This demonstrates that no matter what climate you live in you need to either try to get more sensible sunlight exposure or increase the amount of vitamin D you get from your diet.

The problem with vitamin d deficiency is it is 'non-sympotmatic'. That means that healthy looking people without any current symptoms can have vitamin d deficiency without even knowing it. In the longer term though it can lead to the development of a variety of related health conditions. It has also been linked with seasonal conditions such as depression/Season Affective Disorder (SAD).

Another issue is the fact that excess vitamin D does not pass through your system like other vitamins such as vitamin C. This means that taking too much vitamin D can actually be harmful. If you think you might be vitamin D deficient then ask your doctor for a screening. How much vitamin D you require varies by age and other health factors though we would suggest you need no more than 1000iu per day in most cases.

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