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Do you know that women in the U.S. often don't get enough of certain vitamins, which can cause major health problems like anemia and osteoporosis? Our team of specialists at the UHealth Comprehensive Women's Health Alliance can assist you in preventing these deficiencies by creating a personalized diet plan.
Iron deficiency: Iron is an essential mineral that helps transport oxygen throughout the body. Iron deficiency is the most common dietary deficiency in women and can lead to anemia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anemia affects approximately 10% of women of reproductive age in the U.S.
Calcium deficiency: Calcium is essential for building and maintaining strong bones. Calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, which weakens bones and increases the risk of fractures. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 80% of people with osteoporosis are women.
Vitamin D deficiency: Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is vital for bone health. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to several health problems, including osteoporosis, cancer, and depression. According to the National Institutes of Health, almost one out of four people have vitamin D blood levels that are too low or inadequate for bone and overall health.
Vitamin B12 deficiency: Vitamin B12 is essential for nerve function and the production of red blood cells. Vitamin B12 is present in animal proteins and needs to be supplemented in vegan diets. According to the National Institutes of Health, vitamin B12 deficiency affects about 3% of people aged 20-39 in the U.S.
Folate deficiency: Folate, or vitamin B9, is vital for cell growth and development. Folate deficiency can lead to anemia and neural tube defects in babies. According to the CDC, about 11% of U.S. women of reproductive age have a folate deficiency.