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A 36-year-old male asked:

what are some underlying causes of vitamin deficiency? i'm d, b-12 deficient and have a high fetrin level.

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Different causes: Vitamin d deficiency is mainly due to lack of sunlight (although could also increase skin cancer risk). Vitamin B12 deficiency is more nutritional although it's also associated w/gastric disorders leading to loss of intrinsic factor. High ferritin suggests either infection or lots of iron. Best to check w/your family or whoever ordered these tests. Replacement of B12 & d is inexpensive & easy.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin commented
Geriatrics 30 years experience
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Just to be safe, you should also get checked out for hemochromatosis.
Mar 29, 2013

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can you make sure you don't get vitamin deficiency?

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Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 21 years experience
Eat real foods: Eating a variety of fresh, unprocessed foods can ensure that you are getting vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are part of a balanced diet. Eat fruits and vegetables in all the colors of the rainbow (not artificial colors) - the colors show that the food has phyto (plant-based) nutrients. To make sure you cover all your bases you can also take a food-based vitamin-mineral supplement.
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I heard a vitamin deficiency can cause you to hallucinte. Can someone tell me which vitamins?

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B12 most likely: B 12 defiency can cause audio and visual hallucinations. Rare but can occur with strict vegetarian diet without b 12 supplementation.
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How to find out if I have some sort of vitamin deficiency?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Blood test: The only way to know definitively if you have a deficiency is to check your blood. Vitamin d, b12and folate are routine tests available in most labs and covered by insurance. The other vitamins usually require a special labs, are more expensive, and may not be covered under insurance.
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What are the major symptoms of vitamin deficiency?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
It depends: Each vitamin is essential to your body for a different reason. A deficiency in one may have symptoms different than others. If you suspect a deficiency, speak to your physician. Most deficiencies, including vitamin d, can be addressed by a proper diet.
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What are the signs and symptoms of vitamin deficiency?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Blood test: The only way to know definitively if you have a deficiency is to check your blood. Vitamin d, b12and folate are routine tests available in most labs and covered by insurance. The other vitamins usually require a special labs, are more expensive, and may not be covered under insurance.

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