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Choline Deficiency - How To Detect It?

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Sharma 87% (36 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 92% (364 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.

In case you have a concern or query, you can always consult the best general physicians online & get answers to your question via online doctor consultation.

 

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Can I use salbutamol syrup for my son for cough ,how much can I use? And which syrup can I include for cold .suggest me please.

Dr. G.R. Agrawal 97% (36862 ratings)
DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopathy Doctor, Patna
Hi, Lybrate user, you have not mentioned the age of your son to assess his condition to administer the medication, required. However, give her underlying homoeo medicines:@ bryonia album 30ch -5 drops, thrice. Avoid, junk food, cold intake and old environment. Tk, care.
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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 94% (30683 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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Can anyone help me please inflammation of the air way or lungs can anyone recommend something that is better than ib profin? I can't use salbutamol please please.

MBBS, DTCD(pulmo),MD(pulmo),DNB(pulmo), DTCD, MD - PULMONARY MEDICINE, DNB PULMONARY MEDICINE
Pulmonologist, Durgapur
I think you have wrong information about lung inflammation .ask your treating doctor about the prescribed medication. Ibuprofen and other oral anti-inflammatory medication (except steroids) have no role in asthma.
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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 88% (173 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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What protection should do. Specially for skin. For swimming. Or the choline water from swimming pool?

Dr. Sucharitra Picasso 94% (13053 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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I have 2 month child he take breathing very fast I have taken treatment paracetamol suurup and salbutamol sulphate syrup but he is not any response please suggest me.

Dr. Amit Chitaliya 95% (1022 ratings)
Fellowship In PCCM, Fellow-Pediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy, Fellowship In Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care, D.C.H., M.B.B.S
Pediatrician, Ahmedabad
I have 2 month child he take breathing very fast I have taken treatment paracetamol suurup and salbutamol sulphate sy...
Your child needs x ray chest and nebulisation therapy .meet your pediatrician as fast breathing is not a good sign to wait for long.
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Using salbutamol 100 mcg 4 puffs daily. Will it be more effective to change to levosalbutamol 100 mcg or 50 mcg?

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 97% (35264 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor,
They both are almost same... They will never cure... Take proper homeopathic treatment to cure it... 4 puffs daily to too much.... Refer to the side effects especially long term.
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Good evening doc. Pls can I take carbimazole with salbutamol and prednisolone? If no, what other asthma drug can I use?

Dr. Prakhar Singh 93% (9366 ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
Good evening doc. Pls can I take carbimazole with salbutamol and prednisolone? If no, what other asthma drug can I use?
You should not take any medicine without doctor's advice it maybe harmful and can lead other complications. We have to look into the details of the problem. Let's have a detailed discussion for better advice and healthy lifestyle.
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