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Physical Signs of Severe Nutrient Deficiencies

Nutrient Deficiencies can lead to very important health problems. Some conditions that are caused by nutrient deficiencies are: edema (protein deficiency), rickets (vitamin D deficiency), scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) and iron deficiency anemia.

If you believe that you are deficient in one or more nutrients, please consult your doctor before changing your dietary habits and/or taking supplements. Your doctor will be able to design a diet that is specific to your needs.

Appearance of Body Part
Nutrient Deficiencies
General appearance of apathy; muscle or tissue wasting; excessive irritability; underweight, undersized, underdeveloped for age; paleness and loss of color of the skin, nail beds, lips, or hairprotein, calories, vitamin B I, vitamin B2, iron, and zinc
Hair that is dry, wiry, stiff, brittle, loss of color, or easily pulled out protein, zinc
Nails that are spoon-shaped, brittle, ridged iron
Skin that cracks, flakes or scales; irregular pigmentation, fluid retention and edema; dermatitis, small hemorrhages or bruisesprotein, essential fatty acid, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, niacin, vitamin B2, other B vitamins, or iron
Eyes that are small, circular, grayish or yellowish gray, dull, dry, or foamy irritations on the surface of the eye, inflammation of the eyelids; softening or thickening of the outer surface of the eye; loss of night vision or adaptation from dark to light high blood fat levels, vitamin A, vitamin B2, or iron
Face that has irritations at the corners of the mouth; greasy scaling around nose or mouth protein, vitamin B2, iron
Mouth that is smooth, reddened, shiny, swollen, or dry tongue; swollen or bleeding gums; excessive tooth decay; reduced taste sensation excessive sugar consumption, vitamin C, niacin, vitamin B2, folic acid, vitamin B 12,
Bones that are bowlegged, enlarged joints, shortening of stature, rickets, osteoporosis protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus

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