M2: Assess How Influences on Dietary Intake May Affect the Nutritional Health of Individuals

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Case Studies for M2: Abir is a young Muslim woman who has recently come to live in Northern Ireland with her new husband. Even though she does not have to wear the traditional dress, Abir comes from a very strong cultural and religious family and she wishes to live her life according to the Koran by wearing the jilbab/abaya, which are the long, loosely-fitted garments worn by Muslim women to cover the shape of their bodies. They are often worn in combination with the hijab or niqab. Patrick is an elderly gentleman who is an insulin dependent Diabetic. Patrick has been living on his own since his wife died three years ago. However, he has become rather forgetful and has not been adhering to his diet or taking his medication…show more content…
It has been established by credible scientific evidence that almost all women who observe the full hijab are chronically deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a vital nutrient and deficiency of this kind can lead to various diseases and low levels of Vitamin D have also been linked to a whole host of devastating disorders including cardiovascular diseases, type one diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. There is also a strong association between deficiency in Vitamin D and an increased risk of developing several deadly cancers, including breast cancer. Abir will also need vitamin D in her diet as it is essential for the absorption of calcium and it is also needed for bone growth, so due to Abir getting a lack of vitamin D to absorb the calcium that she may be getting in her diet, she is at risk of her bones can becoming thin, brittle, or misshapen, and she also has a huge risk of developing osteoporosis later on in life and this condition weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break, and according to http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/osteoporosis/who-risk-osteoporosis ‘There are several key risk factors for developing osteoporosis’ and one of these are race, also according to this site ‘Muslim and Asian

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