Sunday, January 04, 2009

Two hobbies coming together

I have made a bit of a hobby of commenting on problems with religious practises and another hobby of commenting about Korean hiking fashions. Let's see if I can connect them.

"In recent years doctors and researchers have confronted an alarming consensus that billions of people, starting in infancy, are lacking Vitamin D and thus at risk for a host of health problems, including a shorter lifespan plagued with aches and pains. Women suffer from the deficiency more than men."
This is an excerpt from an article about the Burkhas that some Muslim women wear limiting the amount of Vitamin D that they produce.

I have already compared the clothes Korean women wear for hiking to Burkhas and I have also noticed that urban Koreans go out of their way to stay out of the way of the sun.

Anecdotally, it appears that more Korean women suffer from osteoporosis than do sun-loving Westerners. I wonder if there is a connection.

Article via Dododreams.


Joe in Korea said...

I think the high osteoporosis rate is more attributed to the impoverished conditions of the 1930s-1960's than to the lack of sun. There was also the fact that Koreans really didn't eat dairy products high in vitamin D until quite recently. Those old ladies were surely in the sun more than the current generation of ajumahs who shun the sun.

Those are just my thoughts, I could be wrong.

kwandongbrian said...

I suspect you are right. I just found the possible connection interesting.