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How Can I Tell If I'm Vitamin Deficient?

By    |   Monday, 02 Mar 2015 03:05 PM

How do we know our vitamins are being absorbed in our systems? Are there tests a doctor can do to tell?

Dr. Hibberd's answer: 
 
Vitamins are essential to healthy body, skin, organ, and hormone function. Deficiency of essential vitamins is easy for most experienced physicians to recognize. The most common symptoms include skin, bone, or nail changes (vitamin D deficiency), mucosal changes (vitamin C), vision changes (vitamin A),  or malabsorption ( B vitamins). Malabsorption may be recognized by its effect on blood hemoglobin.

There are also many diseases and conditions caused by vitamin excess. Too much supplementation may cause premature death (vitamin E), skin yellowing (beta carotene), colon cancer or blindness (vitamin A).

Doctors do not measure vitamin levels normally unless they suspect over-supplementation or are seeking to confirm a deficiency. This is precisely why it takes experience and training to recognize disease, and not all health issues are as simple as a measured test. A family physician who is familiar with you and your health status can be very helpful in such cases. He or she can serve as a reliable resource for health promotion and competent prevention and treatment of disease.

Try to avoid individually supplementing vitamins without your physician’s input. And keep in mind that more is not always better, and may be worse than the deficiency or condition you may have been trying to prevent. A single multivitamin is far safer and more economical than taking multiple supplements, which should only be used to replace a known deficiency that your diet or medical condition is not able to address.

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