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Premenstrual Syndrome, (PMS): definition

A menstrual disorder that occurs regularly during the last week of the luteal phase and starts to subside a few days before menstruation begins. PMS is an atypical symptom of celiac disease involving deficiencies of  calcium, magnesium, EPA, and vitamin ...

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Prolonged Prothrombin Time (PT): definition

A blood test result showing that blood clots too slowly due to vitamin K deficiency. It is an atypical symptom of celiac disease. Click  for full description.

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Esophageal Webs: definition

Thin mucosal membranes growing across the inside of the esophagus causing obstruction. Click for full description.

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Plummer-Vinson Syndrome Affecting Esophagus: definition

A rare iron deficiency disorder that is characterized by a combination of postcricoid esophageal webs (upper throat area), iron deficiency anemia, dysphagia and koilonychia (nail spooning), predisposing to esophageal cancer. Click for full description.

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Peripheral Neuropathy: definition

Damage to one or more peripheral nerves characterized by impaired nerve transmission causing burning, tingling or numbness of hands and feet and resulting from any of these nutrient deficiencies: folate, niacin (B3), thiamin (B1), pyridoxine (B6), vitamin B12, or omega-3 fatty ...

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Osteoporosis: definition

A metabolic bone disorder characterized by diminished bone mass (density) with retention of normal cell appearance, but fragile strength, and high bone turnover caused by deficiency of calcium and vitamin D in particular and other micronutrients that include:  copper, magnesium, ...

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Osteomalacia: definition

A metabolic bone disorder characterized by generalized reduction in bone density (bone softening) in adults and increased risk of fractures, especially wrist and pelvis, with muscular weakness of upper arms and thighs, waddling walk, and bone tenderness. Click for full description.

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Osteitis Fibrosa Cystica: definition

A metabolic bone disease characterized by decalcification and softening of bones with bone cyst formation and bone tumors developing from effects of a parathyroid adenoma (tumor). Click for full description.

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Obstetrical Complications: definition

Reproductive disorders such as abnormally short  or prolonged gestations, inefficient labor with dystocia, and atonic uterine bleeding that may be a consequence of the endocrine derangements caused by any of these nutrient deficiencies: folate, iron, or zinc.  Click for full description.

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Obesity: definition

A metabolic disorder that is characterized by body mass index greater than 30%. Click for full description.

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Night Blindness – Nyctalopia: definition

Decreased ability to see in dim light is a visual defect caused by lack of rhodopsin in the rods of the retina at the back of the eyeball.  Another cause is hypoxia, or decreased content of oxygen in the blood. ...

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Nails – White Bands: definition

Signify protein deficiency and/or omega-3 fatty acid deficiency characterized by abnormal appearance anywhere in one or more nails. Click for full description

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Nails Rounded with Curved Ends, Dark and Excessively Dry: definition

Abnormalities of the nail plate that are characterized by poor nail structure of both fingernails and toenails resulting from vitamin B12 deficiency. Click for full description.

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Nails – Vertical Ridges: definition

Abnormalities of the nail plate that are characterized by poor nail structure of both fingernails and toenails resulting from iron deficiency. Click for full description.

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Osteomalacic Myopathy: definition

A feature of osteomalacia characterized by painful proximal muscle weakness involving the thighs and upper arms and hyperreflexia resulting from deficiencies of phosphorus and vitamin D.

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