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Blood Testing: Detect Deficiencies of Vitamin and Nutrition

11 Jul 2023

Do you feel tired or low in spirit? Are you among those who suffer from mild ache or are unwell? Well, some of these symptoms seem to be minor disturbances of your routine life and could denote a disease ranging from cold to vitamin deficiency. Sometimes these symptoms may become serious and denote chronic ailment in progression. If you want your body to work well, then you need to ensure that you are eating the right kind of food delivering them to your body. Everyone knows about colds and viral infections or severe diseases but very few understand the meaning of vitamin deficiencies. Feel free to visit Doyen Diagnostic and Research Centre where our doctors check PCR results for various diseases, detect TB and chromosomal abnormalities. Also, they conduct allergy testing, blood testing with autoimmune and molecular diagnosis for your better health.

Causes of vitamin deficiency

Vitamin deficiency can have many causes:

  • You may be eating the wrong kinds of food that do not provide sufficient nutrition to your body
  • You follow a certain diet that does restrict you from taking certain foods which can cause deficiencies in both macro and micronutrients.
  • Some people do not know specific nutrient of food. Due to this reason, their diet will not be as nutritious as it should be and they may miss a lot of vitamins and nutrients. For example, vegan people should be able to make up for all the iron they are not eating.

Nutrient deficiencies can make you feel somewhat uncomfortable or sick based on what deficient elements are and how long it has been.

Who do you need to get tested for Vitamin and nutrition levels?

There is a link between nutrition and health. So, providing the body with nutritious foods which have vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients is essential for the maintenance of optimal health and well-being. Improper nutrition may leave detrimental effects on your body and enhance the risk of developing several ailments and health conditions. It is important to measure the levels of vitamins and nutrients by testing the levels in the blood.

Does it mean you should take vitamins to ensure better nutrition?

It is best to get nutrients from the foods you eat and a well-balanced diet can provide everything for your good health. But supplements may be beneficial when specific vitamin deficiencies or other nutritional deficits exist. So, how will you know if there are nutritional deficiencies in the body? Blood tests help to assess nutritional status of a person and calculate the amount of nutrients in the body for detecting nutritional deficiencies such as Vitamin deficiency.

Why does knowing the nutritional status matter?

Knowing your nutritional status is essential for your overall health as the nutritional deficiencies may happen even in the most health-conscious people. For example, vitamin deficiency may occur due to improper absorption of the nutrients. This is a problem which happens due to aging, digestive problems and certain health conditions as well as medications.

The levels of vitamin and mineral in the body may be affected due to extreme stress, pollution, hormonal changes and other environmental elements. So, when eating the right kind of foods, it may lessen the risk of vitamin deficiency and other nutritional problems.

What are common nutritional deficiencies?

Several deficiencies of vitamin are common among the ones who eat well-balanced diet. Vitamin D deficiency comes at the top of the list which increases the risk of severe diseases such as – osteoporosis, several sclerosis, heart disease, some infectious diseases, cancers, tuberculosis, flu and common cold.

The main source of vitamin D is exposure to sun which can trigger synthesis of vitamin D in your skin. As many people avoid unprotected exposure to sun due to skin cancer from UV radiation, many people do not have sufficient level of vitamin D.

Vitamin B-12 is another nutrient that many people may lack though absorption problems are common among the adults. The deficiency of B-12 can have serious consequences which include anemia and neurological damage.

B-12 is present in the animal products such as eggs, dairy and meat and so, most cases of B-12 deficiency in occur due to malabsorption issues than inadequate intake of B-12. Malabsorption of B-12 is quite common in people above 50 years and those who have intestinal issues like Crohn’s disease, celiac disease or colitis or people who have had gastric bypass surgery.

Other nutritional deficits include – deficiencies in vitamins A, C, E and B-complex vitamins, particularly B-6 nad folate. Certain minerals that you do not get in sufficient amounts include – magnesium, iron and zinc.

What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease is a form of intestinal illness or gluten-sensitive enteropathy. It generally affects the immune system of your body which causes it to attack small intestine, damage villi for lining intestinal wall. Villi are finger-like protrusions in your small intestine that help in the absorption of nutrients through intestinal walls into your bloodstream.

Any kind of damage to these structures may cause improper absorption of nutrients and malnutrition. Some celiac sufferers show lifelong symptoms, while in others, the commencement of this disease may be triggered through surgery, childbirth, pregnancy, extreme stress or viral infection.

What are common symptoms of celiac disease?

The number, type and intensity of celiac disease symptoms differ from one person to the other. Some people do not have any symptoms while others may suffer from severe symptoms.

Common symptoms in infants and kids are the following:

  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Vomiting
  • Slow growth
  • Pale or fatty stool with a foul odor
  • Weight loss
  • Failure to thrive in infants
  • Delayed puberty
  • Dental enamel defects

Adults may have several digestive symptoms as children and other celiac disease symptoms include:

  • Unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Joint or bone pain
  • Mouth sores
  • Seizures
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Missed or irregular menstrual periods
  • Tingling or numbness in feet and hands
  • Recurrent miscarriage
  • Itchy rashes in the skin

If you have a family record of celiac disease, then you may need to be screened for the disorder through blood testing, even though there aren’t any symptoms present. For many people, celiac is a silent disease which either has mild or do not have any symptoms. Though you won’t suffer from celiac disease symptoms like others, the small intestine is progressively damaged due to gluten ingestion. Hence, the risk of long-term and life-threatening problems can still be an issue.

Visit Doyen Diagnostic and Research Foundation where our doctors will check your health and conduct some blood tests at affordable rates to improve overall condition. You may either book online or visit us according to your convenient time.