Vitamin A Deficiency

Wednesday, 02 Feb 2011 12:52 PM

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Vitamin A is essential for our overall well-being. Vitamin A deficiency can result from insufficient intake of vitamin A rich foods, a liver disorder, or fat malabsorption. To manage this deficiency, vitamin A supplements can be taken orally or, if the symptoms are rigorous, parenteral administration can be tried. The signs of vitamin A deficiency are listed below.
 
1. Eyes
When vitamin A deficiency prevails for a long period of time, it may lead to swelling and irritation of the eyes and poor vision. In acute cases, it may even cause night blindness.

2. Hair
Vitamin A is crucial for maintaining strong hair. Vitamin A deficiency can cause hair dryness, hair loss, and hair thinning. Vitamin A helps retain moisture in the hair by concealing sebum in the scalp. Hair follicles require certain amounts of vitamin A to carry on their constant function of regeneration and growth.

3. Teeth
Cavities and gum diseases are not frequently considered severe diseases, yet they are pandemic in our society, affecting both the young and old. Teeth and oral mouth problems are the most common signs of vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A is required for the creation of keratin. Enamel creation can also be negatively affected by vitamin A deficiency.

4. Skin
There are many possible causes for scratchy skin. Itchy and dry skin can also be possible effects of vitamin A deficiency. Treatment for dry, itchy skin by taking a vitamin A supplement may help the skin bounce back to health easily and quickly.
 
5. Nails
Deficiency of vitamin A can have a harsh effect on the health of nails, as this vitamin provides the body nutrients and proteins for development. Deficiency of vitamin A may cause trouble in meting out the protein requirement, resulting in hangnails and weak nails. Retinoid is an imitative of vitamin A and its deficiency can result in nail vulnerability, nail softening, and nail peeling.

Diet plays a significant part in the overall functioning of our body. Eggs, beans, nuts, and lean meats should be added to the diet in order to decrease the effects of vitamin A deficiency.

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