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Vitamin Deficiencies

Jeffery Tun, MD

Primary Care Physicians located in Midtown East, New York, NY & Forest Hills, NY

When you’re suffering from nutritional deficiencies, unpleasant symptoms like hair loss, dry skin, impaired nerve function, and poor immunity can occur. At the office of Jeffery Tun, MD, in Midtown East, Manhattan in New York City, Dr. Tun evaluates you for vitamin and other nutrient deficiencies and offers corrective treatment to help your body get back into balance. Call the New York City office or use this website to schedule your appointment online today.

Vitamin Deficiencies Q & A

How do I know I have vitamin deficiencies?

Your body needs 13 essential vitamins. These come from the foods, beverages, and supplements you consume. Vitamins, along with minerals and other nutrients, support your body’s optimal function.

When you’re deficient in certain vitamins, your body will tell you through symptoms like: 

  • Fatigue, low energy
  • Loss of bone density
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Hair loss
  • Depression
  • Irritability and mood changes
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • Poor wound healing 
  • Susceptibility to illness and infections
  • Skin color changes

The symptoms you experience depend on which vitamin (or vitamins) you lack.

What leads to vitamin deficiencies?

Many factors can lead to vitamin deficiencies, some of which you control. They include:

Poor diet

Dietary choices can lead to vitamin deficiencies. For example, people who are vegan are at a greater risk of developing a vitamin B12 deficiency. A gluten-free diet can cause you to become deficient in vitamins like folate and thiamine. 

If you tend to avoid vegetables and fruits or just choose processed foods more often than fresh, your diet’s quality makes you more susceptible to vitamin deficiencies. 

Lack of sunlight

Without sunlight, it’s hard for your body to synthesize all the vitamin D you need to thrive.  You may choose to spend your time indoors or live in a northern climate where ample sunlight isn’t available.

Medical conditions

People with certain medical conditions are at risk of developing vitamin deficiencies. You may be at risk if you have:

  • Alcoholic liver disease or liver failure
  • Kidney disease
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Pernicious anemia

Vitamin deficiencies might be mild at first, but they can worsen with time.

How do you treat vitamin deficiencies?

Supplements and dietary changes can help reverse vitamin deficiencies. Dr. Tun recommends high-quality supplements and infusions to help restore nutrient balance in your body.

If a medical condition is causing your vitamin deficiency, Dr. Tun works to treat the underlying cause.

Call the office of Jeffery Tun, MD, or use this website to make an appointment online so you can be evaluated for vitamin deficiencies.

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References:

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/endoscopic-weight-loss-program/conditions/post_bariatric_surgery/vitamin_mineral_deficiency.html

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-deficiency