Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Vitamin watch

Vitamins are key players in the health of an individual. But overuse of vitamins can offshoot critical consequences. Doctors usually prescribe vitamins as dietary supplements along with the conventional drugs to treat common ailments. A recent study shows that misuse of vitamins is rampant in rural areas. Nearly 54% of vitamins in urban areas prescribed by doctors are irrelevant in the context of the disease. Excess vitamins in our body can results in detrimental side effects. Vitamins can be classified as fat soluble(A, D, E, K) and water soluble(B complex and C) based on their solubility in water or fats. Normally excess of water soluble vitamins get expelled from our body in the form of urine or sweat. But overdose of fat soluble vitamins will result in toxication of our body. This will trigger neurological disorders and distress normal motor activities. Even minerals like iron whose deficiency causes anemia when overused can influence kidney failure. Vitaminosis will bring about nausea, muscle weakness, numbness, lethargy and fatigue. There is a need for patients to know what pills they consume and why they consume them. To guard against vitamin overuse repercussions we must keep a check on the amount of fat soluble vitamins that go in to our body.


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