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Osteoporosis & Vitamin D Deficiency to be discussed at Arab Health Exhibition Conference

DubaiThe American University of Beirut Medical Centre has reported that the highest incidence of in the world occurs in The Middle East and Africa region. The Emirates Osteoporosis Society (EOS) also showed that across Emiratis and expatriates there is one third of people in the over the age of 50 infected with osteoporosis. This study shows that results from limited sun exposure due to local cultural practices and the high outdoor temperatures, conservative clothing, urbanization, darker skin pigmentation, smoking, obesity, diet and prolonged breast feeding without supplements, high caffeine and carbonated consumption.

This important issue will be discussed at the eighth taking place at Arab Health Exhibition & Congress  from 23rd – 26th January 2012 in Dubai. Mario Skugor, M.D., Co-Director, Endocrinology and Reproductive Organ Block, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA will be hosting a session on The Role of Vitamin D in Bone Health at the conference. He said “Vitamin D deficiency is a critical concern in the Middle East and the prevalence of osteoporosis in the UAE and across the region demonstrates a clear need for change. In highlighting the issue during the conference, we aim to improve both awareness and education and highlight the disease as a national health priority alongside obesity and diabetes”.

Simon Page, Managing Director – Life Sciences, Informa Exhibitions – the organizers of Arab Health commented “Education is a critical first step in addressing the problem. The Middle East Orthopedics Conference provides a strong platform for delivery of the message across healthcare professionals from all over the region while supporting the work and findings of the “. The intake of vitamin D, regular and safe exposure to sunlight, a calcium and protein rich diet and supplements where necessary, and daily weight-bearing  and muscle strengthening exercise are factors which improve bone health, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation recommendations.

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