How does Vitamin E Deficiency arise?
Vitamin E deficiency mainly arises from fat malabsorption. Deficiency of vitamin E causes neurological problems due to poor nerve conduction. Low birth weight can also cause vitamin E deficiency. Vitamin E deficiency symptoms vary between infants, children, and adults.
Vitamin E Deficiency Symptoms in Infants include:
- Retrolental fibroplasia (an eye disease) in premature infants
- Loss of weight and delayed growth
- Poor feeding habits
- Developmental problems that include physical and mental problems
Vitamin E Deficiency Symptoms in Children:
- Chronic cholestatic hepatobiliary disease (liver disease) causing neurological deficits
- Spinocerebellar ataxia (gross lack of coordination of muscle movements) with loss of deep tendon reflexes
- Truncal and limb ataxia
- Loss of vibration and position senses
- Ophthalmoplegia (paralysis of extra-ocular muscles responsible for eye movements)
- Muscle weakness
- Ptosis (drooping upper eyelid)
- Dysarthria (motor speech disorder)
- Slow growth in children
Deficiency of Vitamin E Symptoms in Adults:
- Mild haemolytic anaemia (anemia due to abnormal breakdown of RBCs)
- Nonspecific neurological deficits
- Disorders related to reproduction and infertility
- Fragile red blood cells
- Age spots
- Certain neurological damage
- Muscle, liver, bone marrow, and brain function abnormalities
Signs of Deficiency of Vitamin E include:
- Gastrointestinal diseases
- Dry or falling out of hair
- Muscular weakness
- Slow tissue healing
- Leg cramps
Deficiency of vitamin E causes fragility of RBCs and degeneration of neurons. Other signs of deficiency of vitamin E include enlarged prostate, impotency, miscarriages, muscular wasting, and decreased circulation of blood.
Vitamin E helps in slowing the aging process of the body. It acts as a natural diuretic. It helps in maintain the skin. Vitamin E also helps prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, and reduces scarring from wounds.
Deficiency of vitamin E can be prevented by eating a diet rich in vitamin E. Food supplements of vitamin E include nuts, seeds, egg yolks, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables. Peanuts, soybean, corn oil, and sunflower seeds also contain vitamin E. Wheat germ oil is an important source of vitamin E. Identification and management of the underlying conditions is very important in the treatment of vitamin E deficiency.
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