Don’t let a vitamin deficiency sneak up on you! Keeping an eye out for associated symptoms can help you avoid serious health complications down the road. Below, we will discuss 5 common warning signs to look for.
What Is A Vitamin Deficiency?
A body that is not getting enough of a particular vitamin is simply unable to operate at peak efficiency. Over time, this can result in seemingly random symptoms that often go unnoticed. If the signs below sound familiar to you, it may be time to take a hard look at your diet to see whether you are missing any key nutrients.
At The Compounding Pharmacy of America, our pharmacists offer an array of specialty pharmaceutical solutions that are customized for our client’s needs, to help restore the balance.
In addition, we recommend requesting a blood test from your family physician to evaluate your nutritional profile for vitamin deficiencies.
Signs You Are Vitamin Deficient:
1. Changes In Nails, Hair Or Skin
This is one of the most common symptoms of deficiency. If your nails were once strong, but have recently begun cracking or splitting, it could be a sign of missing nutrients. Likewise, if your hair suddenly becomes weak and brittle, begins falling out, or your skin becomes irritated and dry, your body may be attempting to signal that a deficiency is present.
We can create customized topical dermatology medications to help easily treat many of your dermatology conditions. Speak to your physician today about using The Compounding Pharmacy of America to create a specialized medication for you today!
2. Leg Cramps
Another common sign of vitamin deficiency is muscle cramping – often in the form of nocturnal leg cramps. Our pharmacists recommend you consider your vitamin B12, vitamin D, and calcium intake to see whether you are lacking in these areas.
3. Neurological Symptoms
The connection between vitamin deficiency and neurological symptoms is only beginning to be understood. Patients diagnosed with restless leg syndrome, schizophrenia, and even Parkinson’s disease have been later identified as struggling with vitamin deficiencies.
Did you know that folic acid and vitamin B12 deficiencies can lead to anemia? If you have been unusually tired lately, or experience physical symptoms such as ‘spooning’ of the nails (also known as pallor), in which fingernails appear to invert, you may be experiencing anemia.
5. Frequent Minor Illnesses
Frequent pains, aches, flus or colds can be easily ignored, but if you find yourself sick on a regular basis, it may be your body’s attempt at signaling a deficiency. When a deficiency occurs, your immune system takes a hit, and it becomes more difficult to combat intruders. If you have a cold or flu that just won’t quit, or if you seem to pass from one cold to the next, it may be time to take a look at your eating habits. Is there anything missing?
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Chief Operating Officer, The Compounding Pharmacy of America
Matthew Poteet, Pharm.D. graduated with Honors from Lee University with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Science. After his undergraduate training, he completed the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy, graduating in 2004. Dr. Poteet has spent much of his pharmacy career on staff at two of the most prestigious academic teaching hospitals in the Southeast; Emory University in Atlanta and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. At these institutions he received extensive experience and training in sterile products compounding.
He returned home to East Tennessee in 2010, where he has held the position of Pharmacy Director at two sterile products pharmacies in Knoxville. Matthew lives in Knoxville with his wife, Chris. Dr. Poteet is Tennessee’s first Board Certified Anti-Aging Pharmacist by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.