67% of Saudi women suffer from osteoporosis

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Sixty-seven percent of Saudi women suffer from osteoporosis, according to the latest statistics revealed at an event organized by the Ministry of Health in Jeddah.
Dr. Dhia Al-Haj Hussein, a consultant on rheumatism, said that the spread of osteoporosis in the Kingdom and the Gulf countries is more than that in Western countries, particularly among women.
A Saudi study published by an international journal surveyed 321 Saudi women between the ages of 24 and 46. It discovered that 52 percent of Saudi women were deficient in Vitamin D, possibly due to a lack of consumption of milk and milk products, insufficient exposure to the sun and a lack of exercise.
Dr. Fahad Al-Omari, director of the National Program to Combat Osteoporosis, said that a program was organized under the auspices of Abdulaziz bin Said, undersecretary in the Ministry of Health, to introduce diagnostic methods for the disease, as per international standards, as well as to expand the latest treatment types.
This program is expected to improve the capabilities of those who work in this area of health and medicine, including doctors, paramedics and technicians.

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