Immigrants from Africa: Are they aware of vitamin D deficiency?
Approximately three percent of Africa’s population have migrated internationally, many to Europe, North America and Australia. One health issue immigrants from Africa face is a stark decrease in the amount of vitamin D they get.
Much of Africa sits very close to the equator, getting intense year-round sun exposure, intense enough to stimulate vitamin D production in dark-skinned Africans. Because of this intense year-round sun exposure, Africans evolved to have dark skin to protect their bodies to a certain extent. Their skin color evolved in the African environment likely to strike a balance between fulfilling their vitamin D needs and protecting themselves from over-exposure.
When Africans emigrate away from Africa, suddenly their skin type no longer fits their environment. Their skin is designed to handle much more sun exposure, much more intense and frequent UV rays. The result is their skin-type overprotecting their skin and not allowing it to produce enough vitamin D. This is why the majority of immigrants and people of African descent are vitamin D deficient.
Recently, researchers in Australia wanted to get a sense of how aware immigrants were of vitamin D deficiency, if they knew they were at risk and what would entice them to actually correct their deficiency.
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