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A 38-year-old member asked:

why could malnutrition cause anovulation?

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Dr. Victor Beshay
Fertility Medicine 20 years experience
Hormone production: In the case of underweight, there is inadeqaute hormone production which affects egg development in the ovary.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Stress response: Malnutrition, whether due to famine, intestinal disease, anorexia nervosa, or extreme dieting, is physically stressful to the body, and results in high levels of cortisol. High cortisol levels suppress the pituitary hormones that trigger ovulation. This is beneficial in the long run because it lowers birth rates in times of famine, and reduces the number of deaths from starvation.
Dr. Robert Lang
Dr. Robert Lang commented
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Mother Nature is very wise. It is well known that deficiency of vitamins and minerals will cause birth defects. The best known is spina bifida and other neural tube defects with folic acid deficiency. A woman needs good nutrition to produce a healthy baby.
Nov 18, 2011

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can dysphagia lead to a malnutrition?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: Dysphagia is difficulty swallowing and this difficuly could lead to not wanting to eat in a healthy, sustaining way. Get the problem fixed.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is malnutrition with a tapeworm parasites?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Tapeworms: Malnutrition is common with tapeworm parasites, as the tapeworm lives and grows by siphoning off nutrients from the human host. Also tapeworms can cause symptoms that cause the human host intestinal problems that decrease food consumption.
A 34-year-old member asked:

I have sle lupus and a poor diet, what should I be doing differently?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Avoid dairy: Avoid red meat and dairy, add vitamin c, b complex and omega three fatty acids and you may see an improvement with in a few months while you take your medications.
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A 41-year-old female asked:

Are there any nutritional deficiencies and/or excesses associated with migraines?

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Dr. Aaron Stupple
Dr. Aaron Stuppleanswered
General Practice 9 years experience
Maybe: Identifying and then avoiding triggers is important in preventing migraines. While these triggers are vary from person to person, food-related triggers include undereating and overeating (try to eat regular meals), alcohol, MSG, and caffeine. Supplements that may help with migraines include magnesium, coenzyme q10, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and feverfew, but more study is needed.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is celiac disease always associated with malnutrition?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
No: Celiac disease is an autoimmune reaction to certain proteins in wheat, other grains. Can cause gas, bloat, cramps, pain, diarrhea. Can also cause weight loss (or gain if "eating around the problem"), iron deficiency with or w/o anemia, osteoporosis, other. Symptoms may be mild or not. See md, rd, get examined, appropriate lab tests.

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