Are You at Risk of a Vitamin Deficiency? - Serving Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Delaware County & Beyond!

You pay attention to the food pyramid. You squeeze in a workout each day. You manage to schedule a physical every December. Basically, you do a fairly decent job of taking care of yourself.

Yet statistically, there’s still a chance you’re suffering from a vitamin deficiency that’s hindering your daily functioning and leaving you vulnerable to a plethora of health problems. Specific groups well-known for being at risk include vegetarians, pregnant and breastfeeding women, the elderly, and low-income earners.

Here are a few other, lesser-known groups who may be sinking into vitamin debt unawares.


Life is a little bit cruel, isn’t it? You take up jogging to improve your health, not damage it, so it’s especially ironic that physical activity places you at risk of a vitamin deficiency.

But vigorous exorcise does, indeed, sap the body of the essential micronutrients otherwise known as electrolytes. After all, that’s how the concept of “sports drinks” came into being.

The important thing to remember here is not that you should stop exercising, but that you should be sure to put back what you take out. Vitamins A, C, E, CoQ10 and alpha lipoic are the big ones to think about.

Fad Dieters

The thing about cutting down on food is you may unknowingly be cutting down on essential vitamins and nutrients, too. This is especially true of those following trendy diet fads with words like “beach” in the title. Recent studies have shown that popular low-carb and low-fat diets are associated with deficiencies in thiamine, folic acid, vitamins C and E, iron, magnesium, zinc, and more.

Long story short? Just because it gets you into smaller pants doesn’t mean it’s optimizing your health. Be wary of big-name diets creating carb-starved, vitamin-deprived legions.

Nail Biters

And by that, we mean the stressed out among us. Everyone experiences anxiety to some degree, but stress on a major scale robs the body of resources, particularly water-soluble micronutrients like the B vitamins, vitamin C, and most minerals.

Those Experiencing These Weird Symptoms

The vitamin-deprived body is a little like a sinking ship, shooting up flares to show that something is wrong. The following is a list of strange things the body does to alert you of a vitamin or nutrient deficiency, with the cause of these symptoms in parentheses.

  • Cracks in the corners of your mouth (iron, zinc, B3, B2, and B12 deficiencies)
  • A scaly rash on your face (B7 deficiency)
  • Muscle cramps in the toes, feet arches, backs of legs, and calves (magnesium, calcium, and potassium deficiencies)
  • Red or white bumps on the cheeks, arms, and thighs (vitamins A and D and essential fatty acids)

If you fall into one of these categories, be sure to stop by Lyceum Physical Medicine for our superior nutrition services. Our team of medical practitioners will not only test you for vitamin deficiencies, but help you plan an incredible diet that will supercharge your system. Schedule an appointment today!

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