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Even with all the advances in medical treatments today in the US, many Americans still suffer from vitamin deficiencies . Lack of sunshine, healthy whole foods and physical activities; adhering to stringent diets ; jumping from one program to the other, aka yo-yo dieting; and consuming large quantities of processed foods all play a role in this phenomena. Let's look at most common vitamin deficiencies being uncovered in medical research and the symptoms. Naturally, since I'm a big advocate of living healthfully through foods on your plate, I'll also list some wonderful food resources to remedy those deficiencies. Here are the 5 most cited in my web research:
Vitamin B12 Low vitamin B12 levels occur among 1 in 31 adults 51 years of age and older in the U.S.; and it is needed to make new red blood cells and help your nervous system work well. Symptoms include: tingling of hands and feet, changes in ability to walk, loss of vision, memory problems, seeing things that aren't the...
Congenital protein C or S deficiency is a lack of proteins C or S in the fluid part of the blood. The proteins are natural substances that help prevent blood clots.
Protein S deficiency; Protein C deficiency
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Congenital protein C or S deficiency is an inherited disorder, which means it is passed down through families. Congenital means it is present at birth.
The disorder causes abnormal blood clotting.
About 1 out of every 300 people has one normal gene and one faulty gene for protein C deficiency.
Protein S deficiency occurs in about 1 in 20,000 people.
Anemia - iron deficiency
The cause of the iron deficiency must be found, especially in older patients who face the greatest risk for gastrointestinal cancers.
Iron supplements (ferrous sulfate) are available. For the best iron absorption, take these supplements with an empty stomach. However, many people cannot tolerate this and may need to take the supplements with food.
Patients who cannot tolerate iron by mouth can take it through a vein ( intravenous ) or by an injection into the muscle.
Milk and antacids may interfere with the absorption of iron and should not be taken at the same time as iron supplements. Vitamin C can increase absorption and is essential in the production of hemoglobin.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women will need to take extra iron because their normal diet usually will not provide the required amount.
The hematocrit should return to normal after 2 months of iron therapy. However, iron should be conti...
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