Are your medications causing nutrient deficiency? Published: August, 2016 health.harvard.edu
Long-term doses of certain medications may rob you of calcium, folic acid, and crucial B vitamins…
And other medications may cause deficiencies of several nutrients at a time. For example, some diuretics to lower blood pressure can deplete magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Another example: PPIs can cause low calcium and magnesium levels, as well as low B12 levels.
In addition to PPIs, statins, and diuretics, common offenders include anticonvulsants and corticosteroids, both of which may reduce levels of calcium and vitamin D; the diabetes drug metformin (Glucophage, Riomet), which may reduce levels of folic acid and vitamin B12; and the Parkinson’s drugs levodopa and carbidopa (Sinemet), which may reduce levels of vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folic acid.
Detecting the impact
You may not have obvious symptoms that a medication is robbing you of certain nutrients. That’s where your doctor’s supervision comes in. “Physicians are good about checking levels, such as potassium in people taking diuretics,” says Dr. Carr.
Still, it’s helpful to ask your doctor, in advance, if a medication you take is putting you at risk for nutrient depletion. Read the literature that comes with your prescription, and look up more about the drug on reliable websites, such as http://www.medlineplus.gov from the National Institutes of Health…
Symptoms of nutrient deficiency
If you have these symptoms …
… you may have
Muscle cramps, irregular heartbeat, mood changes
*see Medical: Is your blood pressure too “low” or “high”? goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com
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