Phosphorus deficiency

Deficiency symptoms include weakness, loss of appetite, bone pain, joint stiffness, osteomalacia, irritability, numbness, pins and needles, speech disorders, tremor, and mental confusion. Red blood cell life becomes shortened, leading to anemia. White blood cells may also be affected leading to reduced resistance to infection.

Phosphorus deficiencyPhosphorus deficiency is unlikely to occur in healthy adults as phosphorus is widespread in many types of foods. Certain medical conditions such as disorders of vitamin D metabolism, kidney or liver disorders, or alcoholism can induce low blood phosphate levels.
Large amounts of aluminum-containing antacids can block phosphorus absorption and may lead to deficiency. Low levels of blood phosphorus are fairly common in hospitalized people and those on formula diets. Premature babies are also at risk of phosphorus deficiency.

 

 
 
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