Vitamin Deficiency Detection

800px-Assorted_Pills_3The recommendation changes for physician annual check ups, made by the US Prevention Task Force, may interfere with detecting vitamin deficiencies in patients.

Children, pregnant women, and the elderly are not the only ones who were once encouraged to make annual physician visits. However, the USPSTF recent physical recommendation changes from every year until now, every other year or only when symptoms arise, will reduce annual screenings for health-impairing vitamin deficiencies.

Since the lack of sufficient vitamins are often the cause of numerous health problems such as blindness, anemia, and chronic liver disease, screenings for deficiencies are important to ensure proper health. Calcium deficiency is a significant concern in the United States as the 2011 Journal of the American Dietetic Association estimated that most Americans don’t fulfill their daily requirement. The danger is based on the fact that the body stops storing calcium in the bones when a person is in their early 30’s and without the proper calcium levels, bones become weaker and can develop small holes leading to osteoporosis.

According to the Center of Disease Control’s  2010 National Public Health Agenda, over 27 million people in the United States have osteoporosis with majority of them being women.  For young women, vital years for bone mass development are from adolescence to around the age of 30. Women are five times more likely than men to develop osteoporosis because they can lose 20% of their bone mass after menopause. Now children, as young as 12, are developing signs of this disease with millions of American considered having osteopenia, the premature form of osteoporosis.

When adhering to updated USPSTF recommendations, patients should ensure that they are already aware of any current calcium and other vitamin deficiencies and taking the proper supplements to maintain lasting overall health.

 

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