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Effect of iodine deficiency?

Effect of iodine deficiency?

Yes: Iodine deficiency will cause hypothyroidism and enlargement (goiter) of the thyroid. Do not take more than about 1000 mcg of iodine because high doses can cause problems if you have hashimoto's thyroiditis. Also, 2 recents reports from china and japan have suggested that high doses of iodine may increase the risk of thyroid cancer. Too much of a good thing is then not good. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Low Folate Level (Definition)

Folic acid deficiency can cause severe birth defects of the brain and spinal cord known as neural tube defects. In some cases, there may be no noticeable signs of folic acid deficiency, and it is diagnosed in pregnant women only after a child is born with a neural tube defect. Usually, though, your health care provider can detect the defect with blood work and ultrasound during your prenatal checkups. When women take the recommended amount of folic acid before they conceive and through the first trimester of pregnancy, 50% to 70% of neural tube defects are prevented. Yet recent research by March of Dimes shows that many women are unaware of the ...Read more


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Effect of vitamin b deficiency on nails?

Effect of vitamin b deficiency on nails?

Why worry?: B vitamins are water soluble and if you take too much you can excrete via urine.If you take a multi-vitamin you are good. ...Read more

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Vitamin deficiensies of methamphetamin?

Vitamin deficiensies of methamphetamin?

Depends: Methamphetamine use is very unhealthy, and if you do not eat a reasonably balanced and nutritious diet, you are apt to become deficient in vitamin d (bone pain), thiamine (permanent brain damage), vitamin c (i autopsied a case two years ago, meth-head), and perhaps others. ...Read more

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What are the effects of vitamin B12 deficiency?

What are the effects of vitamin B12 deficiency?

Anemia is main: There are many symptoms of B12 deficiency. The most prominent is a type of anemia where your red blood cells are decreased in number, increased in size, and decreased in color. Since they are not normal, they do not carry oxygen like they're supposed to. As B12 deficiency worsens, the anemia gets worse and you get weaker and sicker. You also have trouble with thinking and brain function, etc.. ...Read more

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Reason of deficiency of vit d3?

Reason of deficiency of vit d3?

It's the sources.: The major sources of vitamin D3 are dairy and sun exposure. Now, we generally tell people to avoid the sun because of its effects on the skin and development of cancer. And not everyone tolerates dairy so well, or even likes dairy. This is why vitamin D deficiency is so rampant. So the supplements of D3 have become useful sources. ...Read more

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Effect of acid secretion on absorption of iron and vitamin b12?

Effect of acid secretion on absorption of iron and vitamin b12?

Acid has a profound: Effect on iron. Acid is better. Not an issue with b12, as the issue is intrinsic factor from the stomach which is a cofactor in B12 absorption. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of folic acid supplement?

What are the side effects of folic acid supplement?

Cramp diarrhea: High doses of Folic Acid might cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rash, sleep disorders, irritabilit, confusion, nausea, stomach upset, behavior changes, skin reactions, seizures, gas, and excitability. Folic acid in 800-1200mcg might increase the risk of heart attack in people who have heart problems. Dont take more than 400mcg a day unless directed by your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Whats the major symptom of vitamin K deficiency.?

Whats the major symptom of vitamin K deficiency.?

Bleeding too easily: This is a complex vitamin and has several duties. E.G. It works with vitamin d to help pump calcium into bones rather than into arteries. ...Read more

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Why there is pancytopenia in anemia of b12 and folic acid deficiency??

Why there is pancytopenia in anemia of b12 and folic acid deficiency??

Cell maturation: B12 and folic acid are need for DNA synthesis and maturation of all cells. The cells affected are not only red cells, white cell, and platelets but almost all cells in the body, including brain and spinal cord cells. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of vitamin d deficiency? what will be effect of vitamin d deficiency?

What are symptoms of vitamin d deficiency? what will be effect of vitamin d deficiency?

Depends: There are two agreed upon effects of vitamin D deficiency, rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. However, there is controversy about what blood level of vitamin D is normal. Other effects of low vitamin D levels are weakness, falls, aches and pains and may be multiple sclerosis and some cancers. You may safely take 2000 IU of vitamin D3 daily. ...Read more

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What are worst effects of a vitamin d deficiency?

What are worst effects of a vitamin d deficiency?

Rickets: In children severe vitamin d deficiency can cause impaired growth, bowing of lower extremities, bone and muscle pain. In adults it may contribute to developing osteoporosis. Muscle weakness may occur. More controversial is a deleterious effect on diabetes, various cancers, infections and a variety of other problems. ...Read more

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Is high RBC folate (folic acid) associated with vitamin B12 deficiency?

Not likely: Please consult this site for info in this topic. Folate (folic acid) and B12 are needed for efficient red cell production and other functions, but lack of one does not increase the other. http://www.webmd.com/diet/folic-acid. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of being folate (folic acid) deficient?

Folic Acid: A Folic Acid deficiency can present with fatigue, oral ulcerations, tongue swelling, graying hair and inadequate growth. ...Read more

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Is flushing one of the side effects of b vitamin complex?

Is flushing one of the side effects of b vitamin complex?

Effect of Niacin: Flushing is an effect of one specific b vitamin, a from of vitamin b3 called niacin; another form of b3, niacinamide, does not cause flushing. Most b vitamin complexes contain niacinamide an thus do not cause flushing. The main advantage of Niacin is that it lowers cholesterol better than niacinamide. The flushing is due to vasodilation so Niacin improves circulation. ...Read more

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What are the short-term and long-term effects of vitamin d deficiency?

What are the short-term and long-term effects of vitamin d deficiency?

Vitamin D: There are side effects of low vitamin D deficiency and that may increase your risk of osteoporosis that would put you in jeopardy for minimal trauma fracture. See your doctor, get a bone density test, and start taking vitamin D - either 1000 or 2000 daily. The bone density result will tell you if you do or do not have low bone mass and increased risk of fracture. ...Read more

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What are the effects of having zoledronic acid infusion with severe vitamin d deficiency?

What are the effects of having zoledronic acid infusion with severe vitamin d deficiency?

Vitamin D deficiency: Why are you getting zolendronic acid at such a young age? What is the vitamin D level that is so low, and, if so, why is it so low? Please let me hear from you. ...Read more

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What are the risks of vitamin D deficiency?

Vitamin D deficiency — when the level of vitamin D in your body is too low — can cause your bones to become thin, brittle or misshapen: Vitamin D also appears to play a role in insulin resistance, high blood pressure and immune function — and how this relates to heart disease and cancer — but this is still being investigated. Although the amount of vitamin D adults get from their diets is often less than what's recommended, exposure to sunlight can make up for the difference. For most adults, vitamin D deficiency is not a concern. However, some groups — particularly people who are obese, who have dark skin and who are older than age 65 — may have lower levels of vitamin D due to their diets, little sun exposure or other factors. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults is 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D a day. That goes up to 800 IU a day for those older than age 70. To meet this level, choose foods that are rich in vitamin D. For example, choose fortified foods, such as milk and yogurt, and fatty fish, such as salmon, trout, tuna and halibut. Don't overdo it, though. Very high levels of vitamin D have not been shown to provide greater benefits. In fact, too much vitamin D has been linked to other health problems. If you're concerned about whether you're getting enough vitamin D, talk to your doctor about your diet and whether a vitamin supplement might benefit you. ...Read more

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Effects of vitamin a deficiency & night blindness?

Effects of vitamin a deficiency & night blindness?

Rare: It take an extraordinary elimination diet to get vitamin a levels low enough to affect vision in the first world. The only known cases in such circumstances have been those on extreme diets such as all polished rice for over a year. There; are causes for night blindness. Which your ophthalmologist can diagnose, but vitamin a deficiency is unlikely. ...Read more

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Does folate (folic acid) deficiency anemia affect the brain and nerves?

Does folate (folic acid) deficiency anemia affect the brain and nerves?

Yes: Folate (folic acid) is needed for maintenance and repair of myelin, the covering of larger/faster nerve fibers. Deficiency in utero results in birth defects of the neural cord, low birth weight or prematurity. Deficiency will slow growth in children. Peripheral neuropathy results in adults. Deficiency is reversible if treated early enough. Nerves suffer from folate (folic acid) deficiency itself more than from anemia. ...Read more

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What is folate-deficiency anemia?

What is folate-deficiency anemia?

Megaloblastic anemia: Folate (folic acid) is a "building block" for red blood cells. Without it, the red cells comes out big, blown up and not made efficiently. Fortunately, folate (folic acid) is plentiful in fresh fruits and vegetable. ...Read more

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Found out unknown cause folate deficiency-rX 5mg folic acid tabs,how long before replenished? When to retest? Causes ?VIT D borderline deficient too

Folate (folic acid) deficiency : Folate (folic acid) deficiency can be caused by nutritional deficiency, medications, chronic diseases or frequent use of tanning beds. 5mg of folate (folic acid) is often used to treat deficiency. Usually 4 months of treatment is needed, then dose can be reduced. Levels may be rechecked after 2 a 4 months. ...Read more

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Do I have folate deficiency? I don't take mvi (multivitamin) or eat enriched bread

Do I have folate deficiency? I don't take mvi (multivitamin) or eat enriched bread

Need more diet nfo: While enriched bread has Folic Acid added, the best natural sources of folate (folic acid) are lentils, beans, dark leafy greens, broccoli & asparagus, so whether you are deficient depends on your intake of those, as well as genetics. Deficiency symptoms include fatigue, irritability, insomnia, depression and gingivitis. Deficiency increases risk of heart disease, cancer and dementia. See comment for more:. ...Read more

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Depression since 2011,fatigue still remains when mood stabilises. Folate deficiency, only recently -fatigued yrs before it.What else causes fatigue?

Depression since 2011,fatigue still remains when mood stabilises. Folate deficiency, only recently -fatigued yrs before it.What else causes fatigue?

Fatigue: Fatigue is seen with anemia, iron deficiency, low blood pressure, underactive thyroid and other glandular disorders, heart rhythm and heart muscle disorders, chronic anxiety, depression, chronic infection or chronic inflammatory disease,as well as sleep deprivation. A physician will take a thorough history and system review,perform a physical examination and order appropriate tests for a diagnosis ...Read more

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If a 70 yrs old man lost 10 kg in a yr coz depressed, then do you expect that he will have folic/folate deficiency? He did not test yet, but B12 is ok

Depends on his diet: I'm not surprised B12 is ok as we can store a 2-3 year supply! but folate (folic acid) isn't stored ; must be replenished daily. Whether he's deficient depends on recent intake- it's found in lentils, beans ; greens; if not eating much of those or not taking supps he is likely deficient. If he supplements i would advise he use the active form, l-5-mthf. See http://whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=nutrient;dbid=63. ...Read more

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Will folate deficiency cause miscarriage? If we take folic acid before pregnancy will it reduce the chance of miscarriage?Pls hlp dr

Will folate deficiency cause miscarriage? If we take folic acid before pregnancy will it reduce the chance of miscarriage?Pls hlp dr

Possibly ; yes: Research shows folate (folic acid) deficiency increases risk of early miscarriage by 50%, yet most women who are folate (folic acid) deficient will not have a miscarriage. But since folate (folic acid) deficiency increases risk of neural tube birth defects it's wise for all women who might become pregnant to take Folic Acid (or the l-5-mthf form for the 1/3 of people who have trouble converting folc acid to folate (folic acid)).It will reduce risk. ...Read more

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I had my blood result it says rbc:occational microcytes seen Impression: mild vitamin b/folate deficiency should be excluded... What thus it mean?

Recheck report: Microcytes associated with iron deficiency Macrocytes with folate (folic acid) & B12 deficiency What is your Hemoglobin level? Do you take any meds for stomach acid? ...Read more

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Microcytes with iron deficiency and microcytes with b12/folate deficiency i don't drink medicine for stomach acid and my hemoglabin is normal ?

What are you asking?: B12 and folate (folic acid) produce macrocytosis. If someone has told you that you are deficient in all three, but not anemic, or if you are perplexed over some lab results, then at best you have a physician who has communicated poorly and you need to get a second opinion from someone else. ...Read more

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What would cause folate (folic acid) deficiency in an 18 y/o male?

What would cause folate (folic acid) deficiency in an 18 y/o male?

Inadequate diet: This is caused by not eating enough foods rich in folate: dark leafy greens (spinach), beans & lentils, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli.You can also obtain folate from supplements, though most supps have folic acid, a synthetic form you need to convert to folate. 1/3 of people can't make that conversion & thus should take l-5-mthf. See http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=nutrient&dbid=63. ...Read more

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Can a folate (folic acid) deficiency cause prenatal health problems?

Folate (folic acid): Folate (folic acid) is critical to fetal development particularly formation of the nervous system. ...Read more

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Can severe folate (folic acid) deficiency make me feel weird like "i'm dying" everyday?

Folate (folic acid) & depression: Severe folate (folic acid) deficiency may contribute to depression, which can make you feel weird. Feeling like you're dying everyday is a bit extreme for this, though. Having ongoing thoughts about dying can relate to depression -- for which there is effective treatment. L-methyl folate (folic acid) (if needed) may help, but won't be sufficient on its own for relief. Please see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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How much folate (folic acid) to take if ttc and have folate (folic acid) deficiency?

4 mg a day: Typically dose for women trying to conceive would be 400 mcg a day, but if you have a truly diagnoses folate (folic acid) deficiency, then i would likely increase to 4mg a day. ...Read more

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Looking for information on B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency in vegetarians?

Looking for information on B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency in vegetarians?

B12 deficient common: Being vegetarian may reduce risk of folate (folic acid) deficiency, as the best sources of folate (folic acid) are dark leafy greens, lentils, beans, broccoli & asparagus.However, fruits & vegies generally don't contain b12, so vegetarians are at risk of B12 deficiency.Eggs and dairy products do have b12, but even vegetarians who eat those average less than half the rda of b12. B12 supplements are thus advised. See comment:. ...Read more

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Why is fetus at risk if folate (folic acid) deficiency?

Why is fetus at risk if folate (folic acid) deficiency?

Folate (folic acid): Folate is a co-factor used in cellular division. If there is a deficiency of folic acid, cells won't be able to divide properly. The net result is fewer cells. In a developing human this is associated with neural tube defects and cardiac defects. ...Read more

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Which people are at high risk for folate (folic acid) deficiency?

Usually poor diet: Typically poor diet in green leafy vegetables can do it. Also patients on the strict atkins with no supplements can get that. But it is difficult with a health diet. ...Read more

Folic Acid (Definition)

Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...Read more


Dr. Kristi Woods
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Folate (Definition)

Folate is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more