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Doctor insights on: What Will Happen If Your Diet Lacks

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What is. A good diet pill if I lack iron?

What is. A good diet pill if I lack iron?

Ferrous sulfate: Over the counter pills containing ferrous sulfate are inexpensive and effective for iron deficiency. It would be a good idea to have blood tests to see if you have iron deficiency and not some other disorder. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Which people who are allergic to shellfish lack in there diet?

Which people who are allergic to shellfish lack in there diet?

Shellfish: Allergy is not a lack in the immune system, it is an abnormal reaction to certain proteins in shellfish ...Read more

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I am wondering if people who are allergic to shellfish lack something in their diet?

I am wondering if people who are allergic to shellfish lack something in their diet?

No: Individuals with shellfish allergy make the ige allergic antibody to the tropomyosin protein in the muscle of crustaceans (shrimp, crab, lobster). The patients are not lacking anything specifically in their diet. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and I've barely hit puberty. Could a lack of milk in my diet be the cause of this?

I'm 16 and I've barely hit puberty. Could a lack of milk in my diet be the cause of this?

No: But calcium is certainly an essential nutrient and adequate intake is necessary for proper bone growth and development. Check w/pediatritian for further dietary advice and other calcium sources or supplements. ...Read more

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What to do if I am wondering what people who are allergic to shellfish lack in there diet?

What to do if I am wondering what people who are allergic to shellfish lack in there diet?

Don't Worry: People who are allergic to shellfish, do not generally develop nutritional/dietary deficiencies as a result. The most common important nutrient that shellfish are rich in is iodine which is included in table salt in many countries. You can get nutrients from other foods. Since your question is not clear, let me also state that shellfish allergy is not caused by a dietary deficiency either. ...Read more

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I am overweight but dr keeps putting it down to diet and lack of exercise. Could it be something other than that?

I am overweight but dr keeps putting it down to diet and lack of exercise. Could it be something other than that?

Overweight: The most likely cause is eating more calories than one burns. Often there are psychological reasons for this. Sometimes there are metabolic reasons. Your doctor should have insight into your dynamic. In any case controlling calorie intake and exercise is good for all of us. ...Read more

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Is this 'lack of energy' caused by diet or exercise?

Is this 'lack of energy' caused by diet or exercise?

Poor diet?: It's hard to say without knowing if your diet is well balanced. If you're not getting enough protein you may feel tired. Exercise usually makes a person feel more energetic. If your lack of energy continues see your doctor. You might want to keep a food diary for 3 days so your doctor can see what you're eating. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible I stunted my puberty growth, from bad diet and lack of sleep?

Can you explain if it's possible I stunted my puberty growth, from bad diet and lack of sleep?

Many factors do.: There are many factors that go into our body structure: genetics, maternal diet during pregnancy, diet from childhood and the presence of congenital diseases. I don't believe bad sleep is one of them. Certain drugs taken in childhood may also contribute such as amphetamines for add/adhd. ...Read more

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What causes female pubic boils and how do I make them go away? Is it my diet or lack of water?

Boils: These may be due to a variety of different causes. It should be evaluated by an ob/gyn doctor. This is not due to your diet or dehydration. More likely to be infectious and need drainage or antibiotics or both. Go see a doctor. ...Read more

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Following the specific carb diet has been rumored to provide a "lack of short chain fatty acids", but I thought nuts & fruits & vegs supplied enuf?

Following the specific carb diet has been rumored to provide a "lack of short chain fatty acids", but I thought nuts & fruits & vegs supplied enuf?

Yes, but: All diets work because overall you are decreasing calories. There are no tricks. Eat what you usually eat, but less, and make sure to include a variety of nuts and fruits and vegetables. Pay attention to what you put in your mouth. Eat less, exercise more. ...Read more

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I'm vegetarian and have been working out 3x a week for 2months whilst cleaning my diet for health. I'm still tired and lack energy. Is this iron deficie?

I'm vegetarian and have been working out 3x a week for 2months whilst cleaning my diet for health. I'm still tired and lack energy. Is this iron deficie?

Your goals are great: But you would be safest to make these changes w/professional guidance from a doc, nutritionist, etc. Vegetarians are vulnerable to B12 deficiency. If you take B12 use the sublingual type that melts under the tongue for good absorption, not the kind you swallow. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What should I eat to get more fat in my diet with out gaining weight? I was told always being cold and having thin nails is a sign of lack of fat in my diet but im afraid of gaining weight

What should I eat to get more fat in my diet with out gaining weight? I was told always being cold and having thin nails is a sign of lack of fat in my diet but im afraid of gaining weight

A: A healthy diet and exercise is crucial for the development of lean muscle mass as opposed to just packing on fat. Junk food without exercise is not a good way to add fat to your diet. Eating high calorie, but protein and nutrient rich foods containing healthy fats such as nut butters, cheese, avocados and nuts is a good way to start. Using olive oil is also a great way to add healthy fats to your diet. That being said, you may want to speak with your doctor first before making any drastic dietary or exercise changes. Always feeling cold and having brittle nails can also be a sign of a thyroid disorder, so you may want to have that checked. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can multi vitamins and other supplements entirely make up for a diet which lacks nutrition?

Can multi vitamins and other supplements entirely make up for a diet which lacks nutrition?

Not really: Good nutrition comes from nutrients in whole foods. With that said, many fruits, vegetables and foods don't necessarily supply the body with all the nutrients that it needs. For example, once a fruit or vegetable is cut from its own nutritious source, the vine or tree, etc, it begins to slowly lose some of its nutrients. This is why taking vitamins and even supplements may not be a bad idea. ...Read more

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Female, late 50s with hair patch only on the small of the back since childhood - what causes it? Lack of proper diet? Remedy?

Female, late 50s with hair patch only on the small of the back since childhood - what causes it? Lack of proper diet? Remedy?

Hair on back: A patch of hair on back can be a sign of spinal problems and I would recommend that you see your doc about it and maybe have some x-rays done. ...Read more

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I've started a plant based low fat diet, but it prohibits all fats, even natural fats. Are fats needed? Is a lack of fats bad for my health?

I've started a plant based low fat diet, but it prohibits all fats, even natural fats. Are fats needed? Is a lack of fats bad for my health?

Fats are essential: Good fats are critical for health. Your brain operates on fat, not glucose like the rest of the body. Naturally occurring vegetarian fats such as nuts, avocados, seeds, olive oil are great and if only eating a vegetarian diet, you will need more. Plant based diets are great if done well which means eating real vegetables, some fruit, lots of nuts and seeds, and minimizing the carbs to 3/day ...Read more

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My eyebrows would fall out due to seborreic dermatitis, cured the seborreic dermatitis by changing diet but now eyebrows fall out lack of nutrients?!

My eyebrows would fall out due to seborreic dermatitis, cured the seborreic dermatitis by changing diet but now eyebrows fall out lack of nutrients?!

Try Latisse (bimatop: It's common for lashes and eyebrow follicles to drop out with seborrheic dermatitis or blepharitis (dandruff of the eyelids). I would suggest that you continue to use good eyelid hygeine consisting of warm compresses and either Johnson's "no tears" baby shampoo to your brows and eyelashes as you shower and consider Latisse (bimatoprost) to the brow area until your eyebrow hair follicles have repo ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a lack of calcium in diet cause bone pain?

Would it be possible that a lack of calcium in diet cause bone pain?

Not likely: Unless you were severely depleted of calcium is is not really possible.
Bone pain is common with certain forms of toxicity. Toxic accumulation of cadmium and other poisonous heavy metals in the bone can cause this type of pain. Itai itai disease is a form of cadmium poisoning where even light touching of the bones cause severe pain. It is associated with smoking and with industrial polution cars. ...Read more

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Does eating a very lowfat diet give you more constipation due to lack of food oils in your intestine?

Does eating a very lowfat diet give you more constipation due to lack of food oils in your intestine?

Fiber: In general, the best natural way to "move bowels" is to eat foods with high fiber content. Fiber is material that can't be broken down by our gastrointestinal system and move things along. Oil and oily foods are absorbed by the gut, unless there is some sort of enzyme deficiency, so they aren't effective for what you're suggesting. Very oily foul smelling stools are termed steatorrhea. ...Read more

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Can a lack of insoluble fiber in diet for almost 8 months cause thin stools? And is a mushy but still formed stool considered loose or normal stool?

Can a lack of insoluble fiber in diet for almost 8 months cause thin stools? And is a mushy but still formed stool considered loose or normal stool?

No: Lack of fiber will make the stool harder and thicker fiber is important for a healthy vowels the stool you have is a reflection of your diet eat more healthy hydrate well and exercise ...Read more

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How does a bad diet or lack of exercise delay pregnancy?

How does a bad diet or lack of exercise delay pregnancy?

They don't, really: Neither of those things has any direct effect at all on pregnancy. Women significantly over-or-underweight usually develop ovulatory irregularities that can delay conception. 'bad diets' consistent with malnutrition and poor health may delay pregnancy for the same reason. ...Read more

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Can a lack of fiber in my diet cause a lot of bowel problems?

Can a lack of fiber in my diet cause a lot of bowel problems?

Fiber: Can prevent constipation and help with IBS irritable bowel syndromes so use otc fiber or eat salads and whole grains it should help[ ...Read more

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Can a lack of insoluble fiber diet make your stools thin or pencil like?

Can a lack of insoluble fiber diet make your stools thin or pencil like?

Thin Stool: When we hear a complaint of thin pencil like stool we think of some kind of obstruction in the bowel. You need to see a doctor and get scheduled for a procedure to look in your colon for obstruction. Please do this right away. ...Read more