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What are the symptoms of copper deficiency and zink poisioning? How can I tell if I have a copper deficiency?

What are the symptoms of copper deficiency and zink poisioning? How can I tell if I have a copper deficiency?

Sxs: Zinc deficiency can lead to diarrhea, pneumonia, poor memory & other cognitive difficulties. Copper deficiency symptoms can include anemia, water retention, brittle bones, thyroid problems. Irritability & hair changes. See your doctor if you are concerned about possible zinc or copper deficiencies. ...Read more

Copper (Definition)

This is a reactive metal, one of the basic elements, which is incorporated in a variety of biochemical pathways in the body to catalyze many important functions. It is rarely deficient but too much can lead to liver disease and brain problems ...Read more


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What are the clinical signs of copper deficiency?

Copper: Copper deficiency can lead to anemia, low neutrophils (which fight infects), ataxia, spasticity & weakness of muscles as well as visual changes. ...Read more

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Is having a copper deficiency considered a hematological diagnosis? If so, why?

Copper Deficiency: Copper deficiency is indeed considered to be a hematological as well as a neurological disorder. It generally causes an anemia as well as decreased neutrophil white blood cells. A bone marrow aspirate shows many abnormalities as well. Copper deficiency is commonly caused by bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass. Celiac disease can rarely cause deficiency due to malabsorption. ...Read more

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Can premature graying be caused by a copper deficiency?

Can  premature graying be caused by  a copper deficiency?

Reportedly yes: Graying of hair is related to genetic predisposition. Age of initial graying is largely a matter of genetics. However stressors: nutritional deficiencies, chemotherapy, traumatic head injuries, low vitamin B levels, zinc deficiency, severe illness, surgery & marked emotional stress may impact earlier depigmentation in people who are already predisposed to gray hair. Aging is a significant factor. ...Read more

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I have Low caeruloplamin 0.19g/L and low serum copper 12.5 umol/L - units (Australian). Do I have Wilson Disease? or Copper deficiency? Thanks.

Finish workup: If there is any concern at all that you have Wilson's, get a proper screen -- urinary copper and perhaps a genetic screen if you've got suggestive symptoms. Missing Wilson's leads to one of the most grisly deaths possible. Managing it is easy. Your ceruloplasmin is trivially low and reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies are outside on either end. ...Read more

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Which one is a more trusted marker for copper deficiency anemia - 1. Serum Copper levels or 2. Serum Ceruloplasmin level?

Serum copper, but...: "Copper deficiency anemia" is extremely rare. If you're actually being screened for Wilson's, which is quite common, it's a different story -- urine copper is preferable to either. If you're not overdoing oral zinc & haven't had bypass surgery, this is an extreme long shot needing a very low serum copper and confirmation with a bone marrow study. ...Read more

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Hi i think I have a copper deficiency because i was taking zinc and now my bowel movements hurt, bleed, and cause hemorrhoids, is this accurate ?

Hi i think I have a copper deficiency because i was taking zinc and now my bowel movements hurt, bleed, and cause hemorrhoids, is this accurate ?

That's a stretch...: Sounds like you are too heavily relying on anecdotal supplements and lay advice. Recommend you get professional answers (more than your vitamin shop or buddy can provide). Bleeding is never normal, and deserves medical attention. Don't ignore it, and don't assume its just from hemorrhoids please. Get tested and appropriate help from your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a vitamin d deficiency or copper deficiency contribute to hair loss? My hair suddenly changed texture (became very thin and dry) and falls out.

Can a vitamin d deficiency or copper deficiency contribute to hair loss? My hair suddenly changed texture (became very thin and dry) and falls out.

Hair loss and vit D: A lot of things can contribute to hair loss. The vast majority of us are deficient in vitamin d, so it is not a major contributor to hair loss. When i treat hair loss, i try to correct all the things that are correctable. You need to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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