ASSESSMENT OF THE AWARENESS LEVELS TOWARDS VITAMIN D CHECK, MEDICATION AND RELATED DISORDERSAbstract
Background: Vitamin D deficiency and its associated disorders are prevalent in Saudi Arabia. This study aimed to assess the awareness levels towards vitamin D, check, medication, and related disorders. Methodology: In this cross-sectional study, a total of 500 Saudi volunteers living in the city of Hail (A region in Northern Saudi Arabia) and surrounding towns were included during the period from January 2020 to March 2020. Results: Out of the 500 participants, 295/500(59%) were found to complain from one or more VDD related conditions. Out of the 500 participants, only 214/500 (42.8%) experienced previous vitamin D testing. According to vitamin D testing results, 107/214 (50%) and 53/214 (24.8%) of the individuals did the test was found with vitamin D deficiency and vitamin D insufficiency, respectively. Conclusion: VDD is prevalent in Hail Region, Saudi Arabia, particularly among females. The scarcity of routine testing for vitamin D status resulted in multifarious VDD related disorders. Hail’s population has a low awareness of vitamin D check, medication and related disorders.
K. F. Alshammari *, A. O. A. Hassan, A. A. Alkhateeb, A. D. Altamimi, A. K. AlShammari, M. S. Alharbi, S. M. Almarshedy and H. G. Ahmed
Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Hail, Saudi Arabia.
12 April 2020
25 May 2020
29 May 2020
01 June 2020