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Choline Deficiency - How To Detect It?

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Sharma 89% (32 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
General Physician, Chandigarh
Choline Deficiency - How To Detect It?

The human body’s ability to manage the fats consumed and the way the liver functions to handle this in the overall metabolism setting are dependent on choline. Choline, which is present mostly in the form of Vitamin B12, is available in plenty in most of the foods consumed by people regularly. The issue arises when the body system fails to absorb choline nutrient from the food consumed. There are also cases where the dietary intake does not possess adequate choline in it.

Natural Difficulty in Absorbing Choline
There are certain conditions in which the system finds it difficult to absorb choline though the diet may contain the nutrient. People who have just undergone a by-pass surgery or those who have had a kidney transplant done or if there is already a liver problem like cirrhosis face this issue. There are other reasons also which can lead to choline deficiency, such as the prolonged intake of anti-convulsant drugs and so on.

How to Detect or What are the Symptoms?
Some apparent symptoms can lead the GP to ask for more tests to establish that the person does have choline deficiency. In normal person, even high blood pressure could be caused due to choline deficiency. Then in many cases, a blood test for any other condition might reveal very low levels of VLDL (Very Low-Density Lipoprotein). This substance in the blood is used by the liver to transport fats and naturally, if VLDL is below a certain threshold the person is bound to be suffering from choline deficiency. High level of cholesterol is another symptom. It has to be understood that choline is also essential for the human brain to be functioning at its active best. Deficiency of choline can lead to an early setting in of dementia. Of course, any patient with liver and kidney-related condition reaching the doctor will be checked for choline deficiency since these are closely related.

Where to Get Choline from?
The next obvious question is which foods can get you choline easily and you won’t suffer from a deficiency. As mentioned there are plenty of food items of daily consumption which have choline in them. The most frequently recommended are the yolk of the egg. Pastured eggs are recommended and though even one egg can give some 115mgms of choline, you can make a couple of eggs a part of your daily breakfast menu. The other suggestion is raw liver as in beef liver which is quite rich in choline. Those who consume only vegetarian foods can always eat a lot of green vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage and also nuts and legumes (soaked) and milk and yoghurt are all good for choline intake.

Choline is an essential nutrient in the human body and is critical to the growth and development of cognitive functions and its deficiency can lead to many serious conditions, including liver impairment and brain disorders. There are plenty of foods rich in choline and should be consumed regularly.
 

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Choline Deficiency - Signs You Are Suffering From It + Sources Of Choline!!

Dr. M.P.S Saluja 91% (357 ratings)
MD, House Job Certificate ( SKIN & STD) , MBBS
General Physician, Gurgaon
Choline Deficiency - Signs You Are Suffering From It + Sources Of Choline!!

The human body’s ability to manage the fats consumed and the way the liver functions to handle this in the overall metabolism setting are dependent on choline. Choline, which is present mostly in the form of Vitamin B12, is available in plenty in most of the foods consumed by people regularly. The issue arises when the body system fails to absorb choline nutrient from the food consumed. There are also cases where the dietary intake does not possess adequate choline in it.

Natural Difficulty in Absorbing Choline
There are certain conditions in which the system finds it difficult to absorb choline though the diet may contain the nutrient. People who have just undergone a by-pass surgery or those who have had a kidney transplant done or if there is already a liver problem like cirrhosis face this issue. There are other reasons also which can lead to choline deficiency, such as the prolonged intake of anti-convulsant drugs and so on.

How to Detect or What are the Symptoms?
Some apparent symptoms can lead the GP to ask for more tests to establish that the person does have choline deficiency. In normal person, even high blood pressure could be caused due to choline deficiency. Then in many cases, a blood test for any other condition might reveal very low levels of VLDL (Very Low-Density Lipoprotein). This substance in the blood is used by the liver to transport fats and naturally, if VLDL is below a certain threshold the person is bound to be suffering from choline deficiency. High level of cholesterol is another symptom. It has to be understood that choline is also essential for the human brain to be functioning at its active best. Deficiency of choline can lead to an early setting in of dementia. Of course, any patient with liver and kidney related condition reaching the doctor will be checked for choline deficiency since these are closely related.

Where to Get Choline from?
The next obvious question is which foods can get you choline easily and you won’t suffer from a deficiency. As mentioned there are plenty of food items of daily consumption which have choline in them. The most frequently recommended are the yolk of the egg. Pastured eggs are recommended and though even one egg can give some 115mgms of choline, you can make a couple of eggs a part of your daily breakfast menu. The other suggestion is raw liver as in beef liver which is quite rich in choline. Those who consume only vegetarian foods can always eat a lot of green vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage and also nuts and legumes (soaked) and milk and yoghurt are all good for choline intake.

Choline is an essential nutrient in the human body and is critical to the growth and development of cognitive functions and its deficiency can lead to many serious conditions, including liver impairment and brain disorders. There are plenty of foods rich in choline and should be consumed regularly. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a General Physician.

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I am suffering from mouth ulcers and used many ointments like ora help, which contain choline salsylate. Can you suggest me any tablets in this regard?

Dr. Yasmin Asma Zohara 91% (27541 ratings)
MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
I am suffering from mouth ulcers and used many ointments like ora help, which contain choline salsylate. Can you sugg...
If the mouth ulcer is causing a lot of pain, gently rub a small ice cube over the spot or rinse your mouth with ice-cold water. You could also chew on a clove bud (lavang) and direct the juice generated to the area where the ulcer is located. Clove buds are a great ingredient to cure sore throat too. To prevent the ulcerated area from getting infected, make it a point to rinse your mouth with a little salt water. Remember, this won’t make the ulcer disappear, but it can help reduce the pain. Honey is a natural humectant. It helps reduce scarring and hastens the process of new tissue growth. This, along with its anti-microbial effect ensures faster healing of the mouth ulcer. Chew a few leaves of tulsi along with some water about three to four times every day. This will help in getting rid of ulcers faster and also have a preventive action against their recurrence. Applying a little coconut oil directly onto the mouth ulcer or chewing some coconut (fresh or dry) helps reduce pain and inflammation and hence, ulcers heal faster. Mix some sugar to crushed khus-khus seeds and consume this mixture for instant relief from ulcers. You could apply a little ghee directly to the ulcerated area, or drink a glass of buttermilk two or three times every day. Mouth ulcers left untreated generally go away in a week or so; with these home remedies, you can expect faster relief. However, if you notice an ulcer in the mouth that is persistently present although it does not cause you any pain, do not neglect it or try to treat it with home remedies beyond a few days. Make it a point to see a doctor soon because often, a painless mouth ulcer is one of the earliest signs of oral cancer.
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Hi, m 23rd, my weight 52 height 5'9',can I take dexona and cyproheptadine for gaining weight. Please advise.

Dt. Manju Sharma 88% (359 ratings)
M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Pune
Hi, m 23rd, my weight 52 height 5'9',can I take dexona and cyproheptadine for gaining weight. Please advise.
Food is best medicine instead of taking medicine which are not safe and may have side effects you should consult dietitian. Weight gain is a slow process it take time. And it need well planned balanced diet along with physical activity and proper rest. You need well plan diet suited to your needs. Mean while here are few tips for you- Start eating small frequent energy dense meals instead of 3 large meal. Small meals are easy to digest and keep digestive system running. You can eat small portion of healthy food in difference of 2-3 hours have shakes of fruits with added nuts drink atleast 8-10 glasses of water. Eat all seasonal fruits and vegetables. Manage stress Quit smoking or drinking if any do some moderate intensity exercises for 30 minutes daily. Have positive body image appreciate your self Take sound sleep of 7-9 hour keep your self motivated as it not going to happen overnight. Consult me online for better results.
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I'm 25 years old following vegan diet. recently I came to know choline is necessary for brain health. How can the choline base food be delivered from plant base diet.

Dt. Amreen Qureshi 90% (125 ratings)
MSC in Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow
I'm 25 years old following vegan diet. recently I came to know choline is necessary for brain health. How can the cho...
Legumes have some choline in it, but nonveg sources are best, even milk has choline but very less.
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I am taking pills Cyproheptadine and Dexona for gaining weight from February Is that any side effects in sex organs? Or any other side effects of it?

Dr. Juturu Rambabu 88% (215 ratings)
Diploma in Body Spa, P.hd (Acupuncture) Sri Lanka, Diploma in Reflexology and Acupressure, MD in Acupuncture, Diploma in Acupuncture, REIKI 1, II, III Levels
Acupuncturist, Chennai
I am taking pills Cyproheptadine and Dexona for gaining weight from February Is that any side effects in sex organs?
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Hello lybrate-user, following are side effects of patients using dexona may encounter unwanted side effects such as: upset stomach. Headaches. Dizziness. Insomnia. Nausea. Stomach pain. Muscle weakness. Vomiting. And side effects for common side effects of cyproheptadine include drowsiness, tired feeling, sleep problems (insomnia), dizziness, spinning sensation, blurred vision, loss of coordination, upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, appetite changes, weight gain, restlessness or excitability (especially in children), numbness or tingly so nothing to worry related to sex organs.
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What protection should do. Specially for skin. For swimming. Or the choline water from swimming pool?

Dr. Sucharitra Picasso 93% (12785 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
What protection should do. Specially for skin. For swimming. Or the choline water from swimming pool?
Hi, It’s not recommended to use any barrier products to protect your skin before entering the pool. It doesn’t do much and it also can effect the pools chemistry; but still can apply a waterproof sunscreen designed to protect against chlorine sensitivities. Shower frequently between swims to reduce the amount of overall chlorine your skin will absorb. Since Chlorine strips your skin of its natural oils (while also protecting you against harmful bacteria in your pool water) you will want to take care of your skin to prevent dryness and any rashes for those with very sensitive skin. Right after your swim, go straight to the shower and rinse the chemicals off your skin with soap and water. If your skin is super sensitive, you can opt for swimmer specific body washes that will neutralize the chlorine. If you’re going to use moisturizer, look for products high in antioxidants like vitamin E and vitamin C. These will help neutralize the chlorine as well.
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My daughter about 2y 6months takes syp. Cyproheptadine HCL and Tricholine citrate about 50ml at 1p. M. Now she is fit and active. What should I do next. Please tell me.

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), MBBS
Pediatrician, Ponda
My daughter about 2y 6months takes syp. Cyproheptadine HCL and Tricholine citrate about 50ml at 1p. M. Now she is fit...
If she is well stop those medicines and offer her fresh fruits and vegetables regularly. Serve homemade fresh food 3- 4 times. She needs plenty of water.
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Sir I'm taking cyproheptadine hydrochloride syrup for appetite, can I also take equirex tablets with it. Doctor recommend me equirex tablet coz I'm a ibs patient. And I was taking cyproheptadine before it. Can I continue these both medicine together?

Dr. Sajeev Kumar 93% (38298 ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Sir I'm taking cyproheptadine hydrochloride syrup for appetite, can I also take equirex tablets with it. Doctor recom...
YOu can continue both cyproheptadine hydrochloride syrup for appetite, and equirex tablets The combination of chlordiazepoxide and clidinium is used along with other medications to treat peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS; a condition that causes stomach pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea), and enterocolitis (swelling in the intestines).
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Hi, My aunt is suffering from Brain Tumour. Please find report: Mr. Spectroscopy performed in the region shows increased choline peak. Choline / creatine and choline / NAA are increased. NAA is decreased. No Lipid lactate is seen. Please let me know what does it mean and if operation is the option for us. Kindly revert asap.

Dr. Jagannath P M 90% (79 ratings)
DNB (Neurosurgery)
Neurosurgeon, Visakhapatnam
Dear lybrate-user, your aunt requires further evaluation and confirmation with pathological diagnosis. That requires surgery.
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