Many people take multivitamins because they feel their diet is not healthy enough. Should they really worry about deficiencies because their diet lack in diversity?
Read on to discover some of the most common situations that can actually increase the risk of vitamin or mineral deficiency.
The risk of vitamin and mineral deficiency is higher among people who do not eat a balanced diet, or who avoid certain food groups altogether, either by necessity or by choice. Here are a few examples:
Sometimes a deficiency may not be linked to a diet low in vitamins or minerals, but rather to a disease or medical treatment that prevents the body from absorbing or making proper use of these essential nutrients.
Some medicines can also prevent the absorption of certain minerals contained in foods, including calcium and iron. Others can block or lower the production of certain vitamins, or cause the body to flush them out. These effects can usually be avoided with an adjustment in medication.
If your doctor detects a deficiency, he or she will prescribe a supplement and specify the dose you will need to take to replenish your body’s reserves. Once your levels are back up to normal, you may or may not be able to stop taking the supplement, depending on whether the cause of the deficiency has been eliminated.
Your pharmacist plays a key role in ensuring that your supplements don’t interfere with any other medications you may be taking, so it is important to follow their recommendations.
If you have concerns about your intake of vitamins or minerals, talk to your pharmacist.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.