Lack Of Minerals

Our body contains many minerals, some of them in large quantities and some only in trace amounts. Every mineral has a certain clinical importance and its deficiency is related to various pathological conditions. These conditions may be directly caused either by decrease of the mineral concentration in the blood, or by total lack of the mineral in the body.


Generally speaking, mineral deficiency may be related to inadequate dietary intake including insufficient intake of fluids (dehydration), malabsorption of nutrients in the digestive tract, vomiting, diarrhea and by extensive urination and sweating. Acute shortage of certain minerals accompanies the refeeding syndrome.


The manifestations of the lack of minerals depend on the particular chemical element and I suggest checking the links listed below.


Jiri Stefanek, MD  Author of texts: Jiri Stefanek, MD
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