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Micronutrients and malnutrition - Global Issues II

6 Jan 2021 2 minute read 0 comments Heruvim78

How do we measure the deficiency level, you may ask? There are few methods, let's see them for each of the main micronutrients that are involved into this: Iron - you check for anaemia, low haemoglobin blood concentration or serum ferritin, but thos...

Micronutrients and malnutrition - Global issues

25 Dec 2020 2 minute read 7 comments Heruvim78

The most often deficiencies are the ones of vitamin A, iron, zinc and iodine. There are two main problems with the malnutrition. First, being malnourished increase the infection risk, and infections will destroy the micronutrients balance further. Se...

Micronutrients and malnutrition - Vitamin B12 deficiency and toxicity

15 Dec 2020 1 minute read 5 comments Heruvim78

There are several cases for vitamin B12 deficiency, but the most common cause is malabsorption. Older adults with atrophic gastritis, people with stomach and small intestine disorders (coeliacs and Crohn's disease) and people who had gastrointestinal...

Micronutrients and malnutrition - Vitamin K deficiency

1 Dec 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Heruvim78

The vitamin K deficiency is uncommon in healthy adults, but can still happen if you have fat malabsorption, liver diseases, prolonged antibiotic therapy or gastrointestinal disorders. You can check the severity of vitamin K deficiency by measuring cl...

Micronutrients and malnutrition - vitamin A deficiency and toxicity

23 Nov 2020 2 minute read 2 comments Heruvim78

Vitamin A deficiency is especially dangerous for infants, children, pregnant and lactating mothers. From 2012 more than 250 millions pre-school children were affected each year, and around 670.000 children under five were dying. Rare in the Western w...

Micronutrients and malnutrition - Vitamin A functions

22 Nov 2020 2 minute read 1 comment Heruvim78

Welcome to our bytesize lesson for today, when i will write about vitamin A functions. Vitamin A is promoting our vision, role in protein synthesis and cell differentiation (maintaining the skin and the epithelial tissue healthy), supporting growth,...

Micronutrients and malnutrition - Iodine

15 Nov 2020 1 minute read 2 comments Heruvim78

The Iodine has only one role, as a component of the thyroid hormones. Iodine deficiency leads to diminished production of thyroid hormones (thyroid being a endocrine gland located in the front of the neck, involved in energy metabolism regulation and...

Micronutrients and malnutrition - how we discovered the vitamins

1 Nov 2020 2 minute read 2 comments Heruvim78

As i said, vitamins are essential nutritional molecules not made in our body, and they are required in small quantities. If the intake is inadequate, this can lead to vitamin deficiencies.  Our story starts in 1880 when Dr. Kanehiro Takaki reported t...