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Another fat-soluble vitamin not mentioned here is vitamin K. Although vitamin K deficiency is rare in healthy adults, other populations are at risk for vitamin K deficiency including newborns, those with liver damage (i.e. alcoholics), cystic fibrosis, IBD, bulimics, those on strict diets, those with recent abdominal surgery and those on anticoagulants. A variety of prescription and non-prescription drugs also may predispose to vitamin K deficiency. Vitamin K deficiency can impair the body's ability to clot blood and may cause excessive or prolonged bleeding.

Nutritional deficiencies are common in young adults and the elderly. Young children can be deficient in vitamins especially if their parents are poor. Adults could also have nutritional deficiencies if they have a hectic schedule which does not allow eating well balanced diet. I was very deficient in vitamin D and the bone pain I experienced was unbearable. Therefore, I make it a point to have my PCP to check my Vitamin D level every year.

The article on Nutritional Deficiencies is informative and educational. It presents concrete information on the fat and water-soluble vitamins. As well as, the disease states associated with deficiencies and excess. These may be prevalent in certain areas and variable with respect to geographical locations. Furthermore, the availability of dietary nutrition and environmental elements contribute. In summation, a balanced dietary intake of vitamins is critical for optimal health.

I really like that comment that Erin shared, "calorie rich, but nutrient poor". The choices that have to be made are stunning. When you go to the store, a large apple may cost $1.00, or the macaroni and cheese boxes are 3 for a $1.00. When a family faces these struggles, the choice between foods that provide the right nutrient balance have to be put aside to simply provide some other type of food. Eating well can be expensive. I was at the grocery store on Wednesday night, four small apples and four bananas cost $5 dollars alone.

I agree with Virge malnutrition and nutritional deficiencies are occurring largely due to socioeconomic factors in this country. People can't afford fresh produce. I have watched several documentaries on this topic and my favorite way it was described was that the most affordable foods are "calorie rich but nutrient poor." This is why we don't have a starvation situation but we have health complications from nutritional deficiencies.

Great discussion on the need for a proper diet, but we also need to look at the socioeconomic challenges that face many in this country. Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ brought the plight of so many struggling Americans to the forefront. Mr. Booker, on just $33 of food over the time period of a week tried to gain a greater understanding and awareness of those struggles. Next time when you walk into your local grocery store, take a few minutes and see what kind of mix of fruits and vegetables you can purchase for $33 dollars for the week. As discussed by Lauren. I am surprised that the number is not higher than 10%.

I have done a lot of research on the fat soluble vitamins, especially D and E. Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies can lead to serious health problems that a lot of people are not aware of. Dr. Ulbricht provided great information on just how important it is to incorporate these essential vitamins in our daily diet.

According to CDC website as mentioned in the interview with Dr Ulbricht, >10% of the US population have nutritional deficiencies ..wow that's a lot. In a country of over 300 Million that's more than 30 million people with nutritional deficiencies and come to think of it that these can be solved by just eating the right amount of fruits everyday. It's a great interview and an eye opener.

I did not realize that vitamin E was so beneficial to increasing your immune system. Even though I have looked at different vitamins and how they can help, it seems that I am always learning more about them. I can only imagine how people think about their food intake when they aren't interested in the nutrients we gain from food. I look forward to the day when more people will realize the impact of a poor diet on their health and the cellular functions of their bodies.

At the pharmacy that I work in, we dispense a large number of prescriptions to correct deficiencies described in this interview. As mentioned by Lily, we tend to be deficient in vitamin D up here in the northeast. It's not uncommon for families to come in from their family practitioner with prescription-strength vitamin D prescriptions for everyone.

Nutritional deficiencies can be easily overlooked especially in complex patients, and lab values are only a snapshot in time and may not provide an accurate view of long-term nutritional status. It's important make these interventions more mainstream and discuss diet and supplementation with patients, especially those at risk.

I agree with Lily that this is a very interesting article, especially when you take a further look at the impact of some of these vitamins. There is more and more evidence that vitamin D deficiency has an impact in event free survival (EFS) and overall survival (OS) with patients suffering from Diffuse Large Cell B-Lymphoma (DLCBL). This imbalance has a very serious potential impact on this segment of lymphoma patients.

This is really interesting since I feel not too many people think too much about nutritional deficiencies nowadays. It's especially common in the northeast here to have a vitamin D deficiency since we get so little sun exposure in the winter (and when we do, we're bundled up!) I actually try to supplement with vitamin D since I have been found to be deficient in the winter months!

Malnutrition is a major issue especially in third world countries! Knowing about such nutritional deficiencies is the first step in the right direction to doing something about these issues. I definitely need to get my hands on the June issue of Alternative and Complementary Therapies!

This is great! I also think it's interesting that it is estimated that only about 10% of the population suffers from nutritional deficiencies. Of course, this is much higher than we'd like to see but I would've expected it to be even higher. Furthermore, it is also interesting to note that the most common nutritional deficiencies are some that can be solved so easily with things in our diet!

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