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Who are at risk of Vitamin A deficiency

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Generally speaking, a real Vitamin A deficiency is rare in the Western world, because so many common foods, including milk and breakfast cereals, are fortified with it.
Almost everyone gets the recommended dose or pretty close to it, but some people are at high risk of a Vitamin A deficiency. If you fall into any of these categories, you may need more Vitamin A than you’re actually getting:

  • You have liver disease, cystic fibrosis, or chronic diarrhea. These problems can reduce the amount of Vitamin A you absorb or store.
  • You abuse alcohol. Alcohol reduces the Vitamin A and beta carotene stored in your liver. On the other hand, animal studies suggest that beta carotene combined with alcohol is a one-two punch that could do a lot of damage to your liver.
  • You smoke. People who smoke cigarettes have low beta carotene levels and often feel Vitamin A deficiency..
  • You take birth control pills. The Pill raises the amount of Vitamin A in your blood but reduces the amount you store in your liver. (This doesn’t happen with beta carotene.)
  • You’re sick or have a chronic infection. Being sick makes you produce extra free radicals which lower your Vitamin A level.
  • You’re under a great deal of stress—physical or psychological. Overwork, fatigue, and exercising too much all create free radicals, which lower your Vitamin A level. Also, when you’re too busy or tired to eat right you don’t get enough beta carotene.
  • You’re pregnant or breastfeeding. You’re passing a lot of your Vitamin A on to your baby. You need some extra for yourself—but talk to your doctor first. Too much Vitamin A during pregnancy can cause birth defects.
  • You take a bile-sequestering drug such as Cholybar®, Colestid®, or Questran® to lower your cholesterol. These drugs can keep you from absorbing fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A correctly. If you take these drugs, your doctor will probably recommend vitamin supplements and tell you to take them at a different time than the medicine. Discuss any other supplements with your doctor before you try them.
  • You take the drug methotrexate (Folex®, Methotrate®, Mexate®, Rheumatrex®) to treat arthritis, psoriasis, or cancer. This drug affects your intestines, making it harder to absorb Vitamin A and beta carotene. Discuss supplements with your doctor before you try them.

After several weeks without much Vitamin A in your diet, you’d start to have some signs of deficiency. One of the earliest is night blindness and other eye problems (we’ll talk about these later on). Another sign of Vitamin A deficiency is a condition called follicular hyperkeratosis.

When this happens, your epithelial tissues, especially your skin, start to make too much of a hard protein called keratin.

You start to get little deposits of keratin that look like goose bumps around your hair follicles and make your skin feel rough and dry. Vitamin A deficiency can also cause reproductive problems for both men and women. A deficiency of Vitamin A can also make you more likely to get respiratory infections, sore throats, sinus infections, and ear infections.


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