Muslim women who wear the burqa and other similar face-coverings run an increased disk of pelvic fractures during childbirth because of a deficiency of vitamin D, warns Dr. Miriam Casey of the Osteoporosis Unit in the St. James hospital in Dublin. Those in cloudier environments such as Ireland and Britain generally run an increased risk because of lack of sufficient sun exposure, but Dr. Casey warns that Muslim women run an additional risk above the general population. “As we see a rise in the number of Muslims in Ireland, it’s going to become a massive problem. It’s worse in England whose Muslim community is older. There are already problems in the Rotunda (a maternity hospital in Dublin) and the pediatric hospitals,” she stated.

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