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Dr. Randy Baker
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Vitamin Deficiency (Overview)

A vitamin deficiency is when the body has low levels of one or more essential vitamins. Deficiencies of different vitamins can lead to varied medical problems.


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What are the signs of a vitamin deficiency?

What are the signs of a vitamin deficiency?

Hundreds of signs: There are many different vitamins & deficiencies of each can cause a wide variety of symptoms & signs, so virtually any symptom or health problem could be a sign of a vitamin or mineral deficiency. This may not only cause many symptoms but can lead to increased risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, infections etc. See www. Healthsupplementsnutritionalguide. Com/vitamin-deficiency-symptoms. Html. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
1,587 Doctors shared insights

Vitamin Deficiency (Overview)

A vitamin deficiency is when the body has low levels of one or more essential vitamins. Deficiencies of different vitamins can lead to varied medical problems.


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How does vitamin deficiency cause hallucination?

How does vitamin deficiency cause hallucination?

Vitamins: Vitamins and minerals are vital for us. Even deficient in vitamin B12 may cause impaired cell division to slow down. When this slow impaired cell division occurs, red blood cells are enlarged and are more likely to be destroyed by the immune system. Hence, even vitamin B12 deficiency can cause hallucination apart from gastrointestinal problems as well as neurological problems. ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms of vitamin deficiency?

What are the major symptoms of vitamin deficiency?

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. ...Read more

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23yrs male, having tingling sensation in his feet aggravated at night. Please tell diagnosis and treatment.?? Is it some vitamin deficiency????

23yrs male, having tingling sensation in his feet aggravated at night. Please tell diagnosis and treatment.?? Is it some vitamin deficiency????

Sorry: Sorry, this site does not replace seeing a doctor and you should not expect it to. No ethical doctor anywhere much less here would be so irresponsible as to give you a diagnosis and treatment without seeing you. What you report could be restless-leg syndrome but also a dozen other things. There is no substitute for a history and physical exam in a medical office. ...Read more

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So I have been diagnosed with vitamin d deficiency and I am only 20 y/o male. How can I increase vitamin d other than sun exposure? Through food?

So I have been diagnosed with vitamin d deficiency and I am only 20 y/o male. How can I increase vitamin d other than sun exposure? Through food?

D3, 5000-8000 IU day: When diet and sun exposure are insufficient to raise vitamin d levels many physicians recommend a daily dose of 5, 000-8, 000 iu of vitamin d3. Once 25 hydroxy vitamin d levels reach 60 - 80, the daily dose (5, 000-8, 000) is usually cut in half and the patient followed to ensure the new dose is able to maintain therapeutic vitamin d levels. ...Read more

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Needing a vitamin deficiency test done what are the main most important vitamins I should get tested for? Who gives these tests & what does it cost?

Needing a vitamin deficiency test done what are the main most important vitamins I should get tested for? Who gives these tests & what does it cost?

Depends: Any knowledgable doctor can do these tests. I do extensive vitamin and mineral testing routinely for my patients. An integrative medicine physician would be a good bet, especially one who does orthomolecular medicine.
Many tests can be done through labcorp or quest, and may be covered by insurance.
I test b vitamins, zinc, copper, rbc magnesium, and more. ...Read more

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What can constant dizziness be from? I had an ekg, bp, and vitamin deficiency tests, all normal. It's a faint feeling and sometimes a sudden spinning.

What can constant dizziness be from? I had an ekg, bp, and vitamin deficiency tests, all normal. It's a faint feeling and sometimes a sudden spinning.

Vertigo?: Dizziness associated with the sensation of spinning generally is referred to as vertigo. Vertigo is divided into central vertigo and peripheral vertigo. A common cause of peripheral vertigo is inner ear infection, which is usually viral and self-limited. Central vertigo can be more complex, including serous problems like brain tumors. Some medications cause vertigo. ...Read more

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How to know if I have osteomalacia from vitamin deficiency?

How to know if I have osteomalacia from vitamin deficiency?

Several things: Urine and blood test show abnormal levels of vita D.
X-ray. Slight cracks in your bones that are visible on X-rays — called Looser transformation zones — are a characteristic feature of people with osteomalacia.
And sometimes we need a bone biopsy to find out. ...Read more

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Are there any std's that have cause vitamin deficiency and peripheral neuropathy?

Are there any std's that have cause vitamin deficiency and peripheral neuropathy?

AIDS can do that: End stage aids-if it is not treated- can cause malnutrition, muscle wasting, nerve problems, and vitamin deficiency as the result of the malnutrition etc.
Neuro-syphillis- syphillis that is affecting nervous system can cause nerve damage- but that has nothing to do with vitamin deficiency. ...Read more

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Hi, do extremely blue veins that come and go, mean vitamin deficiency?

Hi, do extremely blue veins that come and go, mean vitamin deficiency?

No: Veins can change in size and color for many reasons including levels of hydration, degree of exertion, outside temperature, genetics and locations of veins. There is no relationship between vitamin deficiency and veins coming and going. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take alfacalcidol to treat vitamin d deficiency?

Is it safe to take alfacalcidol to treat vitamin d deficiency?

Yes: Alfacalcidol is a form of vitamin d that does not require renal conversion to be active but does require action in the liver to be converted to an active form of vitamin d. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vitamin deficiency?

What is the treatment for vitamin deficiency?

Balanced diet and: Supplements. A balanced diet is generally sufficient to prevent as well as treat common vitamin deficiencies. Supplemental/pill forms or injections of vitamins are available and are administered as needed and based on the type of vitamin that may be deficient. ...Read more

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How can I cure vitamin B12 deficiency?

How can I cure vitamin B12 deficiency?

B12 supplements: It is important to figure out why you are B12 deficient. This will also help to determine what treatment is most appropriate. For many, taking B12 supplements by mouth in high enough dose can overcome absorption problems (1000mcg/day). For others, B12 injections are needed, either short-term or lifelong. ...Read more

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Is it true that the sun can help get rid of vitamin d deficiency?

Is it true that the sun can help get rid of vitamin d deficiency?

Yes: It is true. Vit d is otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin. You have to balance getting enough sun to raise your vitamin d levels but not enough to cause skin cancer i.E melanoma. Sunscreen on you will negate the vitamin d effect. ...Read more

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Losing hairs from sideburns and temples and also the parting has widened a bit. Could this be coz of vitamin deficiency? Or is this a sign of aga?

Losing hairs from sideburns and temples and also the parting has widened a bit. Could this be coz of vitamin deficiency? Or is this a sign of aga?

Alopecia: There is a condition called alopecia which causes the hair to fall out. This is different from male pattern baldness which is genetic and not a disorder. A dermatologist can tell you if you have alopecia (an autoimmune disorder) treat it w/medication. Peace and good health. There is no relationship between masturbation and hair growth. ...Read more

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For a couple of months I haven't been eating right, always skipping breakfast and eat dinner sometimes, am I at risk for any vitamin deficiency?

For a couple of months I haven't been eating right, always skipping breakfast and eat dinner sometimes, am I at risk for any vitamin deficiency?

Yes: You're at risk for vit. Deficiency even if you don't skip meals- over 2/3 of americans are deficient in folate, (folic acid) vit. E, calcium ; magnesium;over 1/3 deficient in vitamins a, c ; b6 as well as zinc ; iron. Unless your diet is exemplary it's wise to take a good multivit- see http://bit. Ly/1b36cq0 for independent ratings of 101 brands. But vits don't substitute for a good diet-see http://bit. Ly/18xyule. ...Read more

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Can chicken liver help prevent vitamin a deficiency and risk for infection?

Can chicken liver help prevent vitamin a deficiency and risk for infection?

Little effect: Vitamin a deficiency in the usa is extremely rare and only occurs with extreme diets. Chicken liver can give you and extra amount of this vitamin but the effect will not be noticed. Infection risk is not related to vitamin a level unless you have an extreme lowering which is difficult to do in this country. ...Read more

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Which vitamin deficiency is the worst?

Which vitamin deficiency is the worst?

D3. Iodine, B: There are so many. Start with vitamin d3, iodine and b complex. However, take a blood test to see if you have these deficiencies so you don't over do it. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a vitamin deficiency?

Hundreds of signs: There are many different vitamins & deficiencies of each can cause a wide variety of symptoms & signs, so virtually any symptom or health problem could be a sign of a vitamin or mineral deficiency. This may not only cause many symptoms but can lead to increased risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, infections etc. See www. Healthsupplementsnutritionalguide. Com/vitamin-deficiency-symptoms. Html. ...Read more

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What could having a vitamin deficiency cause?

What could having a vitamin deficiency cause?

Very little: It is very difficult in america today to actually be vitamin deficient. Some folks are deficient in Folic Acid and B12 which can cause anemia, high blood homocysteine and methylmalonic acid, and rarely, pernicious anemia. ...Read more

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What do vitamin deficiency diseases look like?

What do vitamin deficiency diseases look like?

Varies on vitamins: Vitamin a deficiency can cause night blindness. Vitamin B12 can cause autoimmune disorders. Vitamin c deficiency can cause scurvy which can cause bleeding gums, loss of teeth, fever...Vitamin k deficiency can cause uncontrolled bleeding and underdeveloped faces and bones...And a long list to go.. ...Read more

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What problems can a vitamin Deficiency cause.?

What problems can a vitamin Deficiency cause.?

Depends on Vitamin: Vitamins extremely common all foods, reason humans have not retained just a single gene/protein to make each out of whatever we eat. Vitamins sales are big business with lots of marketing & exempted from scientific evidence in us: DSHEA act 1994. Best eat real food, not all the abundant processed pretend food. If specific Vit. Deficiency suspected, measure from within body, set goal&target/replace ...Read more

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How to determine if I have a vitamin deficiency?

How to determine if I have a vitamin deficiency?

See your doctor: Different vitamin deficiencies have different symptoms. If you are concerned see your doctor and they can recommend the appropriate blood test based on your symptoms. ...Read more

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How can you get tested for a vitamin deficiency?

How can you get tested for a vitamin deficiency?

Vitamin testing: Blood levels of vitamins can be measured but these are often not helpful and or misleading. A level in the bloodstream may not have any correlation to the level of the vitamin in a tissue in the body. Total panel testing is usually not appropriate; a focused test for a level of a specific vitamin based upon a clinical exam is the only thing that would be appropriate. ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms of vitamin deficiency?

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. ...Read more

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Could my childs behaviour be a vitamin deficiency?

Could my childs behaviour be a vitamin deficiency?

Unlikely if he: Is taking a childrens multivitamin, ask your board certified pediatrician. ...Read more

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What is the most common type of vitamin deficiency?

What is the most common type of vitamin deficiency?

Vitamin D: Although there is quite a debate ranging on what level defines a vitamin d deficiency and therefore it is hard to say precisely how many people actually have one, the lack of sun exposure for many people and poorer conversion among the elderly seems to be making this the number one deficiency. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is vitamin deficiency calculated?

There are different: Normative values for different vitamins. For instance - vitamin D. Does your blood value fall within the normal range or below it? Additionally, does the person demonstrate signs of deficiency? ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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