Vitamin A Deficiency

Vitamin A Deficiency

source : pixabay General Information DEFINITION – Insufficient intake or absorption of vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin. This deficiency is rare in the U.S. and is usually due to failure of the intestine to absorb enough of the vitamin. Synthetic vitamin A compounds (retinoids) are being used for some skin conditions such as acne. BODY PARTS…

Vitamin B Deficiencies

Vitamin B Deficiencies

source : pixabay General Information DEFINITION – Diseases caused by inadequate or absent B vitamins: B-1 (thiamine); B-2, (riboflavin); niacin; B-6 (pyridoxine); B-12 (cyanocobalamin). Vitamins are organic chemicals that occur in many natural foods. They are necessary for normal body function. B vitamins are water soluble and excess amounts cannot be stored by the body. BODY…

Vitamin C Deficiency

Vitamin C Deficiency

source : pixabay General Information DEFINITION – Illness caused by an inadequate intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for the body to manufacture collagen, connective tissue that helps form healthy bones, teeth and capillaries, and it promotes wound healing. BODY PARTS INVOLVED – Bones; teeth; gums; capillaries. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED – Both sexes; all…

Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D Deficiency

source : pixabay General Information DEFINITION – Insufficient intake or absorption of vitamin D, coupled with too little exposure to sunlight. This deficiency causes rickets in children and osteomalacia (softening of the bone) in adults. BODY PARTS INVOLVED – Total body, but bones are more affected than other tissues. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED – All ages, but…

Vitamin K Deficiency

Vitamin K Deficiency

source : pixabay General Information DEFINITION – Inadequate or absent vitamin K, a fat-soluble vitamin necessary for proper blood clotting. Some vitamin K is produced in the gastrointestinal tract. BODY PARTS INVOLVED – Liver; blood. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED – Both sexes; all ages. A newborn infant lacks vitamin K until its body begins to produce it….