Are You at Heightened Risk of Nutritional Deficiencies?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Nutritional Support, Why You Need Supplements
Last Reviewed 03/26/2014

Are You at Heightened Risk of Nutritional Deficiencies?

In addition to age, other conditions can increase the risk of nutritional deficiencies—and your need for using nutrient supplements.

Conditions That Cause Nutritional Deficiencies

  • Diabetes. Diabetes is a nutritional wasting disease; elevated blood sugar levels lead to increased urination and losses of water-soluble nutrients.

  • Cancer. Most people afflicted with cancer die of cachexia, or nutritional wasting, brought on by the disease.

  • Depression. Loss of appetite is common in depression, leading to nutritional deficiencies.

  • Celiac, Crohn’s, and inflammatory bowel disease. Damage to the intestines leads to impaired absorption and acute risk of nutritional deficiencies.

  • Dementia. People with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia often neglect the basics of self-care, including eating.

  • Heart failure. Muscle wasting in this condition increases nutrient requirements.

  • Eating disorders or frequent dieting. Inadequate food intake may lead to nutritional deficiencies.

  • Post-surgery or -injury. Nutrient needs skyrocket following surgery or injury, and this can lead to nutritional deficiencies in vitamin C, zinc, key amino acids and other nutrients.

  • Hospitalization. Prolonged hospital stays are notorious for bringing on or worsening malnutrition.

  • Drugs. Certain drugs—including digitalis, Parkinson’s medications and some antidepressants—blunt appetite. Others deplete the body of specific nutrients.

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