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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.


Kaiser couldn't pssiobly be ahead of the curve in much of anything. I don't know which K-P you are talking about as I have been with K-P in So Cal for almost two years and it is difficult to find doctors with up to date knowledge and excellent diagnostic skills. Last year when I told the pulmonologist that I had doubled my D3 from 5000 to 10,000 IU + 15 min. of sunbathing a day over a period of a week to cure my severe bronchial infection he just looked bemused and obviously skeptical he had no comment. The azithromycin I had been given in the ER made me so sick I had to quit after 2 days as I was getting more feverish,weak and dehydrated. I have COPD so any pulmonary infection is serious and can go into pneumonia quickly. The D3 regimen worked and within a day I was on the mend;my strength came back, the fever went down and the cough diminished dramatically. Thankfully, I have read these newsletters for several years and had raised my D3 levels from a low point of 18 three years ago up to 88ng/ml. I have had no colds or bronchitis in the last 3 years the exception being the one mentioned above. If I hadn't gone to an excellent endocrinologist in 2009 (out of network) I would never have realized how low my D3 level was. Over the last 30+ years no primary physician tested for D3 or recommended taking any supplements D3 was never mentioned. I owe the information from Dr. Cannell for keeping me in good health. If you don't know your D3 level, demand that it be tested; this is one supplement that can save your life. In order to manage your health you must educate yourself, doctors won't or can't.
November 13, 2015

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