Lack of sun exposure causing vitamin D deficiency in pregnant and nursing Muslim women.
Health authorities should consider screening pregnant women’s vitamin D levels to protect infants from the “Victorian” bone disease rickets.
A Journal of Medical Screening article indicates that cases of Rickets are on the rebound, with many women deficient in vitamin D, which is generated naturally by the skins exposure to sunlight.
Dark skinned people, and women who completely cover their bodies for cultural or religious reasons, are at high risk of passing Rickets to their children.
The editorial was written by Dr James Haddow, an expert from the United States that specializes in pre-natal screening.
Haddow’s research shows that cases of seizures, heart failure and rickets are prevalent in children whose mothers were vitamin D deficient.