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Doctor insights on: Signs Of Vitamin A Or Beta Carotene Deficiencies

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Dr. Lourdes Margarita Landron-Garcia
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Vitamin A (Definition)

Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin. It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Vitamin A promotes good vision, especially in low light. It may also be needed ...Read more


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Can vitamin d deficiency of a 12.7 cause any complications?

Can vitamin d deficiency of a 12.7 cause any complications?

Many risks &problems: Low vit d can cause fatigue, muscle pain/ weakness, headaches, depression and increases risk of infections, heart disease, cancer and risk of dying! most adults need 5-8000 iu of d3/day; avoid d2! see http://www.Drfranklipman.Com/symptoms-diseases-associated-with-vitamin-d-deficiency and http://articles.Mercola.Com/sites/articles/archive/2008/11/01/vitamin-d-is-a-key-player-in-your-overall-health.Aspx. ...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 signs of vitamin d deficiency in a child?

What are signs of vitamin d deficiency in a child?

Poor growth, aching: Severe vitamin d deficiency in a child over time will produce rickets. This condition causes poor growth, deformity of the lower extremities and muscle aches. If diagnosed by the finding of a low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin d level in blood it also results in low blood calcium and phosphorus levels. If treated at an early stage with vitamin d the child should achieve normal growth. ...Read more

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Which sort of medical problems arise as a result of vitamin d deficiency?

Which sort of medical problems arise as a result of vitamin d deficiency?

Bone density: Vitamin d can be ingested (in milk or supplements) and can also be created in your skin via sun exposure. The latter is becoming less common as most of us use sunscreen! vit d plays a vital role in bone development and woman are at increased risk for osteoporosis. Got milk? Increase milk intake, use supplements as necessary, and increase weight bearing exercise to build bone! ...Read more

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What are the causes of a vitamin d deficiency?

What are the causes of a vitamin d deficiency?

Several things: First an inadequate amount of vitamin d in the diet, or the inability to absorb vitamin d and fats (d is fat soluable). Also, inadequate exposure to sunlight, which converts vitamin d to its active form. Being a radiologist and working in a dark room all day, i'm surprised more of my colleagues don't have it! ...Read more

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Might deficiency of vitamin b cause symptoms similar to angina?

Chest pain: If vit b deficiency causes anemia, it could cause angina, thiamine deficiency might also simulate it. ...Read more

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Is there a sign of a vitamin E deficiency?

Is there a sign of a vitamin E deficiency?

Rare: Frank vitamin E deficiency is rare and overt deficiency symptoms have not been found in healthy people who obtain little vitamin E from their diets. If there is a deficiency symptoms include poor transmission of nerve impulses, muscle weakness, and retinal degeneration that leads to blindness. ...Read more

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Is having a B12 vitamin deficiency or folic acid deficiency common?

Is having a B12 vitamin deficiency or folic acid deficiency common?

Fairly: B12 def more common. Ideal lab value for serum B12 is 800 or more. Possibly due to gluten sensitivity which can damage gut lining and promote malabsorption. Also hypothyroidism can cause decreased stomach acid which can impair digestion and absorption. Take methylcobalamin supplements. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...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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What can deficient in vitamin B12 be a sign of or precursor to?

What can deficient in vitamin B12 be a sign of or precursor to?

A form of anemia: An uncommon but possible form of anemia in a 32 year old woman the common medical term is pernicious anemia. It is usually found on routine blood testing. ...Read more

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How is vitamin A acetate different from beta carotene? Dangers or concerns of any sort?

How is vitamin A acetate different from beta carotene? Dangers or concerns of any sort?

Vit A vs β-Carotene: Vitamin A is a group of fat soluble unsaturated nutritional organic compounds, that includes retinol, retinoic acid, & several provitamin A carotenoids (beta-carotene is the most important). ?-Carotene is a colored red-orange pigment abundant in plants and fruits. Beta-carotene is good for vision, immunity, and overall health. Overuse can cause hair loss, confusion, liver damage and bone loss. ...Read more

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Which types of pain and other symptoms can a vitamin d level of 12.7 cause?

Which types of pain and other symptoms can a vitamin d level of 12.7 cause?

Many risks &problems: Low vit d can cause fatigue, muscle pain/ weakness, headaches, depression and increases risk of infections, heart disease, cancer and risk of dying! most adults need 5-8000 iu of d3/day; avoid d2! see http://www.Drfranklipman.Com/symptoms-diseases-associated-with-vitamin-d-deficiency and http://articles.Mercola.Com/sites/articles/archive/2008/11/01/vitamin-d-is-a-key-player-in-your-overall-health.Aspx. ...Read more

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Can signs of joint deterioration show up after a week of a severe lack of certain nutrients? Ie: calcium or vitamin d?

Can signs of joint deterioration show up after a week of a severe lack of certain nutrients? Ie: calcium or vitamin d?

Joint degeneration: Typically joint degeneration is from chronic wear and tear or acute trauma. Nutrient deficiency would take years to affect joints. ...Read more

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What will be the effect of vitamin d deficiency?

What will be the effect of vitamin d deficiency?

Bone loss: Vit D is essential for the absorption of calcium into your bones. A deficiency will lead to bone loss and eventually osteoporosis later in life. There is also research in Vit D's role in preventing certain cancers, reducing blood pressure, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and even helping the immune system to fight off influenza and the common cold! ...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