According to The Times of India, women who wear Burqas have been diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency due to "inadequate exposure to sunlight." Sunlight is necessary for the "vital compound to be absorbed," and bodies should be exposed to it for 15-20 minutes a day.
"Many burqa-clad women do not venture out. That coupled with the garment directly blocking sunlight makes them suffer from osteoporosis and various psychosomatic disorders. Based on my experience, I would say that these women have a 30 to 40 per cent increased chance of being vitamin D deficient," says Mazharuddin Ali Khan, a senior orthopaedic surgeon at Owaisi Hospital.
Khan says that medication is pre-emptive as getting a test done is expensive costing around 2,500 rupees. Exposure to sunlight is also a 'mood elevator' apart from stimulating improvement in bones and muscles.
"Around 65 per cent such patients I receive wear the burqa. The reason is the same. The deficiency is because the burqa blocks most of the sunlight," Dr Ahrar Ahmed Feroz from Olive Hospital said.
He said number of cases have increased in the past couple of years when patients have been diagnosed with muscle and bone pain and even dementia on account of low vitamin D intake.
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