Health Benefits Of The Sun
October 24, 2011 by staff
Health Benefits Of The Sun, The incidence of osteoporosis among residents in the UAE, in part due to deficiency of vitamin D and Dr. Mustafa Izzi, the head of the Osteoporosis Society of America, revealed that about 78 percent of the total population, particularly women of the UAE, suffer from lack of essentials despite the abundant sunshine vitamin country.
“The people of the United Arab Emirates choose to avoid the sun as much as possible by the hot weather. Residents block out sunlight for outdoor or in protected areas. The cars have tinted windows and many sunscreens are applied high-SPF – all of which prevents the absorption of sunlight on the skin to produce vitamin D.
The clothes that women wear conservative UAE also naturally blocks the sunlight, making them more susceptible to vitamin D deficiency There are cases where genetics plays an important role in the development of osteoporosis, but the component of the vitamin plays a very important, “said Dr. Izzi, who is also a consultant dermatologist at the Welcare Hospital.
Vitamin D is necessary for maintaining good bone health and is an inexpensive way to reduce the risk of fracture.
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), a non-profit organization dedicated to the worldwide fight against osteoporosis, issued a new audit report on Saturday that revealed the growing concern of osteoporosis in the Middle East and Africa. The report aims to collect data and provide statistical data to examine the community, the cost and burden of osteoporosis in different countries and collectively across the region, helping to allocate resources through the cooperation of the local government authorities.
“Osteoporosis is a” silent disease. “About a third of people who are over 50 years in the UAE suffer from osteoporosis, according to a study sample of local and expatriate by an Al Ain-based university. This is just seven percent of the total population, but it is of great concern to educate residents on the situation. One of our recommendations is to work with health authorities and society to identify osteoporosis as a national health priority along with obesity, thalassemia and cancer. We are trying to establish a national registry of hip fracture in the UAE, “he said.
Due to the economic, noncommunicable diseases have become the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the region.
Judy Stenmark, chief operating officer of the International Osteoporosis Foundation, said that rates of mortality after hip fracture may be high in MENA compared with Western countries, but no adequate statistics available for numbers set in stone and this is an obstacle to improving services for the treatment of bone disease.
“To date, we know that about 25 percent of hip fracture patients, which is the most serious consequence of osteoporosis die within six months due to complications, while the number of patients with the disease in MENA region are slightly higher, about 30 to 35 percent. The rates may be as high as two to 2.5 times higher in a population in this region. We must have something to work before we can make some progress. We need to know the size of the problem so that health resources can be allocated accordingly, and this audit, establishes for the first time in MENA region, aims to do just that, “he said.
What to do
Three essential steps to establish a solid foundation for healthy bones and muscles:
sure you have enough vitamin D (through safe exposure to sunlight, diet and supplements, if necessary, especially if you are over 60)
eat calcium and protein diet
be active every day with weights and strength training, physical activity (provided by the International Osteoporosis Foundation)
The severity of the problem
A section dedicated to the UAE in the decade of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) 2011 audit report revealed:
2.25 It is estimated that osteoporotic hip fractures per 1000 inhabitants, while there is no national registry of hip fractures has been launched in the UAE.
It is estimated that 24 percent of people with osteopenia and 2.5 percent of people have osteoporosis.
About 90 percent of hip fractures are treated surgically. The average number of bed days is 14 days for fracture.
The direct costs of hospital patients are estimated to U.S. and 12,000 for loss of productivity in the workplace is estimated at 90 days.
Today, osteoporosis is not yet recognized as a major health problem in the UAE and there are no guidelines approved by the government.
The level of awareness among health professionals and health professionals? Is estimated as a medium? Poor, except in certain specialties? As rheumatology? Or endocrinology.
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