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Doctor insights on: Vegan Nutritional Deficiencies

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Malnutrition (Definition)

Refers to the individual that receives either too few nutrients, too many nutrients, an imbalance of nutrients, or due to comorbidities or underlying inherited or acquired diseases, an under or ...Read more


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Are there any nutritional deficiencies and/or excesses associated with migraines?

Are there any nutritional deficiencies and/or excesses associated with migraines?

Yes: Magnesium and riboflavin deficiencies may contribute to migraines. You can check blood levels of these but want to look at intracellular rather than serum magnesium. Certain foods also may be triggers such as hard cheeses, chocolate, caffeine, processed or cured meats, red wine, alcohol, food preservatives, etc. ...Read more

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Can low iron cause night time urination or any other nutritional deficiencies?

Can low iron cause night time urination or any other nutritional deficiencies?

Low Iron and Peeing: No, there are no known links between low Iron and urinary symptoms. Diabetes can increase urination by having increased sugar in the urine. There are no known vitamin/mineral deficiencies that result in nighttime urinary frequency. ...Read more

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Had poor cortisol& growhormone response to glucagon stim test.Could poor response be due to nutritional deficiencies?How could I confirm. Cort&GH low.

Had poor cortisol& growhormone response to glucagon stim test.Could poor response be due to nutritional deficiencies?How could I confirm. Cort&GH low.

More testing: if you failed the test you could indeed have a GH deficiency. You need to get a full lab evaluation to determine the cause. See an Age Management Physician. ...Read more

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PPI caused my nutritional deficiencies now how to manage taking PPI and supplement always wt to do?

PPI caused my nutritional deficiencies now how to manage taking PPI and supplement always wt to do?

Alternatives to PPIs: PPI's can be great for short-term use but I believe it's unwise to use them for more than a few months as they don't cure GERD & their hazards grow over time. See http://www.naturalnews.com/036336_PPIs_acid_reflux_side_effects.html & follow the links there for the great articles by Chris Kresser on diet, treating imbalances of flora & improving digestion. Homeopathy & Ayurveda may also be helpful. ...Read more

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Is it true that a cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (cin1) can be related to nutritional deficiencies?

Is it true that a cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (cin1) can be related to nutritional deficiencies?

1: This neoplasia is due to a virus...Hpv. What one should focus on is the immune system. There are many nutrients that help with the immune system including antioxidants and carotenoids. But there are many more also, like tumeric, tahini, etc. The best advice is to follow your doctors directions, but also look for best ideas for diet and supplementation that help with the immune system. ...Read more

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What nutritional deficiencies do people with shellfish allergies face?

What nutritional deficiencies do people with shellfish allergies face?

None: All of what is supplied by shellfish can be substituted by other foods, and can survive without ...Read more

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What nutritional deficiencies can cause half moons on fingernails to go missing? I only have them on my thumbs. I read that its most likely B12.

What nutritional deficiencies can cause half moons on fingernails to go missing? I only have them on my thumbs. I read that its most likely B12.

Lunules: I'm glad you're health-conscious, but you need to stop reading silly nutrition myths on the internet. Many people don't have visible lunules, or have their skin cover them over at some stage of their lives. It's perfectly normal. ...Read more

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My daughter shes 9 month old but no teeth is there a problem/nutritional deficiencies what should I do or like rickets or hypopituritism hypo help?

My daughter shes 9 month old but no teeth is there a problem/nutritional deficiencies what should I do or like rickets or hypopituritism hypo help?

Normal no problem.: Onset of tooth eruption is variable but usually symmetrical, first eruption; lower central incisors usually between 6 to 10 mths. Need for dental assessment; if no eruption after age 16 months, eruption is asymmetric , other abnormalities suggesting an associated medical syndrome. Lack of space in the jaw and a familial tendency may also cause delayed eruption. www.healthtap.com/dr-nnebe ...Read more

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How can I avoid b-12 deficiency on a vegan diet?

How can I avoid b-12 deficiency on a vegan diet?

Educate/ supplement: Check these sites for vegan info, diet & recipes: http://www.provegan.info/eng/vegan/, https://www.vegansociety.com/, www.vegan.com/, www.chooseveg.com/?, www.peta.org/recipes/ ...Read more

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I have Vit d deficiency and take 60K per month I live in Canada no sun in winters should I increase my dosage ? I am a vegan.

I have Vit d deficiency and take 60K per month I live in Canada no sun in winters should I increase my dosage ? I am a vegan.

Yes!: While the official RDI of Vit D is only 600 iu/day, people need 5-8000 units of Vit D3 a day to attain optimal levels of 50-80. I advise 5,000 iu/day, though you could take 40,000 iu once a week if preferred. After a few months check levels and adjust dose. It's wise to also take Vit K. All on the Pill should take a good multivit. See http://tinyurl.com/2chkcer and http://tinyurl.com/4rqhnn4 ...Read more

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What are some causes of B12 deficiency? I have been on injections for a few months with no change. I am not vegan.

What are some causes of B12 deficiency? I have been on injections for a few months with no change. I am not vegan.

Daily oral dose?: Depends on how often injections are given and when serum levels are performed in relationship to last injection. An oral dose of 100-250 mcg/day is for treatment off pernicious anemia, a condition with lack of a protein called intrinsic factor. The protein, which is made in the stomach, is necessary for vitamin B12 absorption.Atrophic gastritis, crohn's disease, alcohol consumption can reduce b12. ...Read more

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I was Vegan for 8 months and didn't supplement B12. I'm not vegan anymore was that time long enough to do damage or have bad deficiency?

I was Vegan for 8 months and didn't supplement B12. I'm not vegan anymore was that time long enough to do damage or have bad deficiency?

How do you feel?: I am very glad you wised up. As a moral choice, you can be a vegan and if you supplement wisely, you will not be risking your health. The health benefits of vegan ism are elusive if they exist at all. If you can walk and think and remember and your extremities feel normally, you escaped the bad stuff. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could avoid a B12 deficiency on a vegan diet without supplements?

Can you tell me how I could avoid a B12 deficiency on a vegan diet without supplements?

You can't: I'm sorry. Being a vegan is safe is an only if you're willing to supplement. Otherwise, you're playing a foolish game with your life -- you will end up with brain damage. Like all communities of true believers, the vegans -- who can rightly claim the moral high ground in this era of cruel factory farming -- contain many people who will mislead you. Be smart and don't ruin yourself like others have ...Read more

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Get B12 shots mthly. Don't know cause of deficiency when got diagnosis level 169 , not vegan. Ok to supplement with sub-lingual B12 as well (5000 mcg)?

Get B12 shots mthly. Don't know cause of deficiency when got diagnosis level 169 , not vegan.  Ok to supplement with sub-lingual B12 as well (5000 mcg)?

Yes: B12 deficiency is usually due to problems absorbing it rather than diet. Even if you take large doses hardly any of that dose is absorbed so it is quite safe. Even extremely high doses (like people getting shots daily for years) have never been shown to be toxic. I advise the methylcobalamin form. See http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/vitaminb12-healthprofessional/. ...Read more

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If I am now a 19 year old vegan going bald, what deficiency causes hair loss?

If I am now a 19 year old vegan going bald, what deficiency causes hair loss?

More genes than diet: It may not be a deficiency in your diet, but rather due to your genes. However, you should get evaluated by a doctor to make sure you are not deficient in any vitamins and perhaps see a dietician to make sure your diet is balanced so you can get all of your daily nutrients. ...Read more

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Are heat or sun headaches caused by some sort of nutritional deficiency?

NO: You can get headaches from prolonged sun heat exposure, doesn't have anything to do with deficiencies except for maybe h2o. ...Read more

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Does getting up to pee at night suggest any nutritional deficiency?

Does getting up to pee at night suggest any nutritional deficiency?

Typically not: Nocturia, as peeing at night is called, suggests too much fluids before bed and not voiding before sleep. Drugs like diuretics used to treat high blood pressure can also cause increased urination and there are some reports that too much (more than1.000 iu) vitamin d can also cause it. Polyuria, peeing alot, may also be a sign of too much blood sugar. See a doctor if you are also very thirsty. ...Read more