Nutritional Deficiency Treatment in Laurel, MD
Nutritional deficiency occurs when your body does not absorb the necessary amount of nutrients it requires. Also known as malnutrition, nutritional deficiency can influence just about every system in your body, as well as your mental health.
It may seem impossible, but many Americans suffer from nutritional deficiencies due to poor food choices. Comprehensive nutritional testing can help a healthcare provider evaluate your complete nutritional status. The healthcare provider can then put together a nutritional plan that is tailor-made to your individual needs. If you would like to learn more about how to prevent and treat nutritional deficiencies, request more information today: (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
Do I have a Nutritional Deficiency?
The most important factor here is to consider what you eat. The American diet is high in fast food, processed meats, fats, sugars, and carbohydrates. Studies have shown that 75% of Americans don't get enough vitamin D, and 50% are deficient in vitamin A, vitamin C and magnesium.
Types of Nutritional Deficiencies
Vitamin D Deficiency
This powerhouse vitamin functions like a hormone in the body and medical providers use its levels as a good indicator for your overall health — just as your weight or blood pressure would be. Men and women who are low in vitamin D are at higher risk for breast, colon and prostate cancers, high blood pressure, dementia, and depression.
The recommended daily allowance of vitamin D for adults age 70 or below is 600 IU per day. If your levels are low, you may need more. Ask your medical provider to check your vitamin D levels to find out more.
This key nutrient is part of every function your nerves and muscles have, but not likely part of your healthcare provider's standard bloodwork. Men and women with low magnesium levels may suffer from migraines, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
Bring magnesium levels back to normal and you may be able to cut away some of your prescription medications. Healthcare providers recommend about 310 milligrams of magnesium per day for proper bodily function.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Vitamin B12 is involved in just about every bodily function, including energy production, nerve transmission, production of red blood cells and brain health as we age. Most blood tests don't look specifically for a B12 deficiency and symptoms may not be obvious — making it easy to overlook.
Early symptoms of a B12 deficiency include tingling fingers or ringing ears and may progress to mood disorders and even dementia in severe cases. Those most at risk are men and women who have stomach or intestional disorders, those who have had gastric bypass surgery, men and women on a vegan or vegetarian diet, and anyone who uses acid blockers regularly. The recommended daily allowance of B12 is 2.4 micrograms, but talk to your healthcare provider and have your levels verified before beginning any vitamin supplements.
Nutritional Deficiency Treatment
Vitamin deficiencies can be easily overlooked. Their symptoms may act like many other conditions, or your levels may have never been tested.
Request nutritional deficiency testing today: Call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
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