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Can deficiency of vitamin D cause autoimmune diseases?

Can deficiency of vitamin D cause autoimmune diseases?

Good question: Vit D3 is considered important in immune regulation. Thus theoretically, the answer is yes, but in reality, no such association has been proven. ...Read more

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Does celiac disease cause nutrient absorption in children?

Does celiac disease cause nutrient absorption in children?

It Can: Only if you restrict the diet too significantly can there be nutritional issues. Substitute with an appropriate food or multivitamin. Please discuss with your doctor or request a dietitian consult. ...Read more

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Which vitamin deficiencies does graves disease have?

Which vitamin deficiencies does graves disease have?

Not vitamin: Deficiency. Graves disease is hyperactive thyroid gland. It is not due to vitamin deficiency but may be associated with nutriotional problems due to increased metabolic rate. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/graves-disease/ds00181. ...Read more

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Can lactose intolerance cause malabsorption in other vitamins, minerals and nutrients?

Can lactose intolerance cause malabsorption in other vitamins, minerals and nutrients?

Usually not!: Diarrhea is not a common problem with lactose intolerance, but does occur. It is conceivable that micronutrients such as zinc may not be absorbed. This is rare. More commonly, bloating, gas, and cramping occur. Is would be very unusual to have malnutrition secondary to lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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What bacteria cause food poisoning and food-borne disease?

What bacteria cause food poisoning and food-borne disease?

SSCE: Salmonella, shigella, campylobacter and e coli are the bacteria most often associated with food poisoning and food borne disease. Listeria and clostridium can also cause food borne illnesses as well ...Read more

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What are common vitamin and mineral deficiency diseases?

What are common vitamin and mineral deficiency diseases?

Depends: In an average person taking a mixed diet no vitamin deficiencies are expected. The common vitamin deficiency in the US is vitamin D insufficiency. Alcoholics usually have vitamin B deficiency, especially thiamine. Many food stuffs in the US have vitamin added, e.g. with folic acid. Vegans are at of risk of B12 and vitamin D deficiency. A person not taking any fruits or vegs could lack vitamin C ...Read more

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Can prenatal vitamins or other vitamins cause wilson disease?

No: Prenatal vitamins taken during pregnancy offer more help than potential side-effects unless a woman already has a severe metabolic problem. Wilson disease is a metabolic problem causing an over accumulation of copper. Vitamins do not cause it. However, vitamins can contain an excess of certain minerals and may not be necessary in the non-pregnant state. ...Read more

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Are food allergies linked to Crohn's or any other disease of long-term intestinal damage? Have many food allergies w/ intestinal symptoms.

Are food allergies linked to Crohn's or any other disease of long-term intestinal damage? Have many food allergies w/ intestinal symptoms.

'Food allergies': most "food allergies" are not true allergies, but food intolerances instead. Food allergies do not increase the risk of developing Crohn's disease. If you are having symptoms of not being able to tolerate certain foods, you should consider seeing a gastroenterologist for further evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can IBS patients absorb nutrients from supplements as NT from food causing B12 & vitamin d defiency?

Can IBS patients absorb nutrients from supplements as NT from food causing B12 & vitamin d defiency?

Yes they do: Ibs does not effect the absorption of the supplements as there is no problem with absorption and they can be given supplements to correct deficiencies if diagnosed or anticipated.Vit B12 can be given orally or pareterally if needed. ...Read more

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How does celiac disease cause nutrient absorption?

How does celiac disease cause nutrient absorption?

Harms sm. intestine: Celiac disease leads to inflammation and damage of the lining of the small intestine, which causes decreased absorption of nutrients, vitamins, iron, etc... The intestinal lining loses its microscopic "villi", which are tiny protrusions that maximize the absorptive surface area needed to absorb nutrients. A patient gets diarrhea, anemia, lactose intolerance, tummy aches, irritable bowels, etc... ...Read more

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What diseases result from a thiamine deficiency?

What diseases result from a thiamine deficiency?

Thiamine deficiency: This is a great article: http://www.stewartnutrition.co.uk/nutritional_emergencies/acute_thiamine_deficiency.html

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Which diseases are similar to pernicious anaemia?

Which diseases are similar to pernicious anaemia?

A few: Pernicious anemia is a specific type of anemia caused by vitamin b-12 deficiency. This particular type of anemia is usually described as macrocytic or megaloblastic. Other causes of megaloblastic anemia include folate (folic acid) deficiency, certain genetic conditions, some medications, myelodysplastic syndromes (a form of bone marrow cancer). Consulting your physician or a hematologist is necessary. ...Read more

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Are food cravings due to deficiencies?

Are food cravings due to deficiencies?

Pica: It depends. If you like to chew ice, it typically suggests iron deficiency. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of pathogenic diseases, hereditary diseases, deficiency diseases and physiological diseases?

Site protocol: You get the most from this site when you provide background information on a medical problem and ask a related but clear question. We are not a shortcut for homework assignments, or a library reference section. For that you need to consult your local library or text books. ...Read more

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How are pagophagia and iron deficiency connected?

How are pagophagia and iron deficiency connected?

See below: There seems to be a clear association between iron deficiency and pagophagia. If a patient has the latter his/her hemoglobin should be checked. There are other associations besides iron deficiency. ...Read more

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Could having iron and protein deficiencies cause mental illness?

Could having iron and protein deficiencies cause mental illness?

Mental illness: Not technically cause mental illness. But can lead to presentation of symptoms associated with various mental illnesses. For example manifest as mood disturbances or affect cognition. ...Read more

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Is omega 3 deficiency and vitamin a deficiency genetic?

Is omega 3 deficiency and vitamin a deficiency genetic?

Vitamin deficiency: Not usually. Vitamin deficiencies are usually due to dietary deficiencies, but rarely can be related to problems absorbing nutrients. That may be due to a genetic defect. ...Read more