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International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences
Year : 2020, Volume : 9, Issue : 4
First page : ( 8) Last page : ( 15)
Online ISSN : 2319-5886.

Knowledge and attitude towards vitamin d deficiency in ha’il region: A community-based study

Hassan Abdelmuhsin Omer Ahmed1, Alshammari Khalid Farhan1, Alkhateeb Abdulrahman Ahmed1, Altamimi Abdullah Dawas1, Shammari Abdulaziz Khalid Al1, Alharbi Mohammed Salem1, Almarshedy Sumayyah Mohammad1, Hussain Gadelkarim Ahmed23,*

1Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Ha’il, Saudi Arabia

2Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Ha’il, Saudi Arabia

3Department of Histopathology and Cytology, FMLS, University of Khartoum, Sudan

*Corresponding e-mail: am.hassan@uoh.edu.sa

Online published on 1 October, 2020.

Abstract

Background

Vitamin D deficiency represents a major health problem in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the Knowledge and attitude towards vitamin D deficiency in Ha’il Region (Northern Saudi Arabia).

Methodology

A total of 500 Saudi volunteers living in the city of Ha’il and surrounding towns were included during the period from January 2020 to March 2020. Adults aged 15 years or older were randomly selected regardless of gender, occupation or marital status.

Results

Out of the 500 study subjects, 214 (42.8%) did previous vitamin D testing (72/207 (34.8%) males and 142/293 (48.5%) were females). Females were significantly better for testing their vitamin D status than males (p=0.0032).

Conclusion

Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in Ha’il Region. Although-there is a relatively higher awareness level towards vitamin D sources, vitamin D testing, as well as knowledge about-vitamin D deficiency-related disorders are poor among Saudi living in Ha’il Region.

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Keywords

Vitamin D, Saudi Arabia, Ha’il region, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Musculoskeletal disease.

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