Reducing hypovitaminosis D among Somali immigrants in Minnesota: a narrative review
Somalia is an East African nation with a history of civil unrest that produced a significant influx of refugees in the USA in the last 25 years. Between 2000 and 2010, 40 percent of all US Somali refugees settled in Minnesota, which produces new cultural and health challenges for local communities and the state government. One such challenge is vitamin D deficiency, or hypovitaminosis D (Hv-D). Hv-D is developed through insufficient exposure to sunlight and low nutrient intake leading to increased risk for weakness and inflammation, oral health problems, diabetes, cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases and malignancies. The paper aims to discuss these issues.
Qubty, Leah; Aboul-Enein, Basil; Bechard, Lori; Bernstein, Joshua; and Kruk, Joanna, "Reducing hypovitaminosis D among Somali immigrants in Minnesota: a narrative review" (2018). Health & Wellness Department Faculty Publications and Research. 99.
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Qubty, L., Aboul-Enein, B., Bechard, L., Bernstein, J. and Kruk, J. (2019), "Reducing hypovitaminosis D among Somali immigrants in Minnesota: a narrative review", International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 50-59. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHRH-04-2018-0033