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Vitamin E Deficiency: Treatment, Cost and Side Effects

Last Updated: Jul 20, 2024

What is the Vitamin E Deficiency?

Vitamin-E Deficiency is a rare condition among individuals resulting from abnormalities in the dietary fat absorption or metabolism. Fat-soluble vitamin-E is rich in antioxidant properties which help your immune system stay strong. Vitamin-E deficiency occurs due to poor diet habits which can lead to serious health problems. Symptoms of vitamin-E deficiency include muscle weakness, difficulty in walking, loss of muscle mass, vision problems and abnormal eye movement.

Diagnosis of vitamin-E deficiency depends on its symptoms. The treatment for this condition involves intake of supplements and maintaining a proper diet. If you are diagnosed with vitamin-E deficiency, the doctor will recommend you to take food that are rich in vitamin-E such as almonds, avocado, spinach, sweet potato because they help in balancing your cholesterol levels, repairs damaged skin, balances hormones and improves vision.

How is the Vitamin E Deficiency treatment done?

The treatment of vitamin-E deficiency primarily involves intake of supplements and maintaining a proper diet. If you are diagnosed with vitamin-E deficiency, the doctor will recommend you to take food that are rich in vitamin-E such as almonds, avocado, spinach, sweet potato because they help in balancing your cholesterol levels, repairs damaged skin, balances hormones and improves vision. The condition itself is treated by making lifestyle changes.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

People encountering symptoms of vitamin-E deficiency such as muscle weakness, difficulty in walking, loss of muscle mass, vision problems and abnormal eye movement should get themselves checked for the condition.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Any individual who does not see the symptoms of having the condition need not get themselves treated for vitamin-E deficiency. However, every individual should make sure to consume around 50 IUs of vitamin-E every day.

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Are there any side effects?

There are no such side effects resulting from treatment of vitamin-E deficiency. However, if proper dietary plans are not followed, the condition may lead to serious complications such as dry skin, sickle cell anemia, beta thalassemia, even cancer.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

If a person has vitamin-E deficiency then they have to maintain a healthy diet rich in vitamin-E permanently. Taking supplements until reaching a healthy point is also advised. The primary source of vitamin-E is vegetable oils such as corns, soy beans, wheat germ oil, whole grains and nuts.

How long does it take to recover?

The exact time taken to recover from the condition is not known. But if you follow the post treatment guidelines as prescribed by the doctor, it will help you deal with the problem and improve your immune system.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The doctor’s consultation for vitamin-E deficiency can start from Rs 500. Vitamin-E supplements can cost around Rs.1,000 and can go up to Rs.3,500.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatment is permanent. However, patients need to maintain the level of vitamin-E intake in their diet every day in order to avoid any further complications.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Increasing the level of vitamin-E supplements in the diet is the only method of treatment for individuals who have vitamin-E deficiency.

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