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Doctor insights on: Mineral Deficiency As Indicated By White Spots On Fingernails

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Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. they function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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What causes horizontal ridges in fingernails? Mineral deficiency?

What causes horizontal ridges in fingernails? Mineral deficiency?

Protein deficiency: Malnutrition with low protein intake or chronic illnesses that cause consumption of body reserves lead to poor nail quality with horizontal ridges marking when it occurred chronologically. ...Read more

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Will vitamin/mineral deficiency cause eczema-like symptoms? (if yes, what vitamin(s) or mineral(s)?)

Will vitamin/mineral deficiency cause eczema-like symptoms? (if yes, what vitamin(s) or mineral(s)?)

Yes: Low zinc levels, low magnesium levels as well a deficiencies in vitamins c, b2, and b6. Along with low essential fatty acids can be associated to eczema. Do not forget the strong hereditary and allergic component. ...Read more

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Can a vitamin or mineral deficiency cause or contribute to sciatica and if so, which ones?

Can a vitamin or mineral deficiency cause or contribute to sciatica and if so, which ones?

No: Although vitamin deficiencies can cause peripheral nerve disorders, especially B-1 and B-12, the pain and pattern of sciatica is due invariably to nerve compression at root level in lumbosacral cistern or in passage through pyriformis muscle group. ...Read more

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I ve bronchiectasis,i was told to drink 2 ltr water daily, I am 5ft, [47kg, is it safe and beneficial to drink 2ltr, any risk of mineral deficiency?

Unlikely: The purpose of the fluid is to try to keep the mucus as thin as possible, therefore the requested intake. Just ensure that your diet is healthy and you are eating small meals regularly. A vitamin supplement might be helpful but is not necessary if you are eating healthy. ...Read more

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Can a vitamin/mineral deficiency cause tingling in your fingers?

Can a vitamin/mineral deficiency cause tingling in your fingers?

Yes: Vitamin b 12 deficiency, as well as hypothyroidism and diabetes can cause this. Get labs drawn and perhaps a nerve conduction study to determine if it is coming from a cervical spine injury. ...Read more

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Can mineral deficiency cause artherosclerosis or the converse (overdose) is true?

Can mineral deficiency cause artherosclerosis or the converse (overdose) is true?

Yes and yes: Atherosclerosis is a complex problem.The main cause is inflammation.Chromium deficiency increases blood sugar which increases risk. Copper & zinc are needed for healthy blood vessels.Selenium is a protective antioxidant.Research shows calcium supplements increase atherosclerosis. Vitamins prevent too: http://drrandybaker.Com/2012/11/11/vitamins-really-do-prevent-heart-disease-beware-of-bad-studies. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when mineral deficiency occurs and the possible effects on pregnant women.?

Can you tell me when mineral deficiency occurs and the possible effects on pregnant women.?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency is the commonest mineral deficiency in women, mostly due to loss of blood with periods. Anemia in a pregnant woman would make her more tired and may reduce the iron going to the fetus. ...Read more

Minerals (Definition)

Your body uses minerals to stay healthy and perform vital functions like bone development. Eating a healthy diet full of variety is the best way to the ...Read more