Why vitamin D is so important

A reader explains why vitamin D is crucial for our health. Silvia Razgova / The National
A reader explains why vitamin D is crucial for our health. Silvia Razgova / The National

Vitamin D has several important functions (Beat vitamin D deficiency with the right amount of exposure to sun, September 3). Perhaps the most vital are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, and facilitating normal immune system function.

Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.

If your body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, you’re at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as soft bones (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (osteoporosis).

In addition to its primary benefits, research suggests that vitamin D may also play a role in reducing your risk of multiple sclerosis, decreasing your chance of developing heart disease and reducing the likelihood of developing the flu.

Research has also shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. All you need to do is expose yourself to 10 minutes of sunlight.

Adrian Smith, Dubai

Brazil move is a sign of robust democracy

The impeachment of Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff for taking illegal state loans to patch budget holes in 2014 to mask the country’s problems as it slid into its deepest recession in decades, is democracy at work (Brazilian senate strips Dilma Rousseff of presidency, September 1).

South Africa, a member of the Brics quintet, which boasts an “impeccable” constitution, should take a leaf out of the Brazilian scenario as it has suffered similar abuses that were played down by the ruling African National Congress.

In a democracy, such moves show a respect for clean governance and accountability – a rare quality in South Africa that has suffered a large-scale disruption in nation building since the turn of the century.

The ANC’s flat refusal to own up to the damages done to the country will have them sitting in opposition benches in three years’ time, if a purge, a collective apology to the nation or a soulful makeover don’t take place.

AR Modak, South Africa

No substitute for police patrol

In reference to your editorial Awareness key to child safety (September 5), here’s a rather revolutionary thought: how about active traffic police patrols where motorists are observed by officers rather than cameras and random stops and spot checks, as well as prosecutions and immediate vehicle confiscations when motorists are caught breaking the law?

It’s remarkably simple to get tough if you actually mean it. But it really does require law enforcement to be visible. When motorists see a policeman pull someone over, they suddenly start to behave and think about their actions. It’s human nature.

Name withheld by request

Despite people knowing the risks and what can happen to their children in the event of an accident if they are not strapped in correctly, why should others be responsible? I don’t like the idea of taking photos and sending them to the police.

Photographing other’s children is an invasion of privacy. We are not the police.

Natasha Punter, Abu Dhabi

Real revolution in education

It’s wonderful that the school regulator has turned to its arts and music curricula as its education revolution continues (Abu Dhabi education revolution turns to art and music, September 6).

It has been proven that music and art help children to study better and even feel better about themselves as they can express their emotions in creative ways. Congratulations, Abu Dhabi!

Christina Toebast, Abu Dhabi

Competition is the answer

For this country to revolutionise the telecom sector, the duopoly has to end (Data is the right telecom future, September 6). That will allow foreign competition to improve services and reduce prices.

Chris Reid, Dubai

Published: September 6, 2016 04:00 AM


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