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All the nutrients we need are indeed found in our food but based on a CDC analysis, 9 out of 10 adults don’t consume enough fruits and vegetables. Our bodies are deprived of essential nutrients when we don't consume enough nutrient-rich foods, increasing our risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other illnesses. Blood tests can be done to monitor vitamin levels or identify vitamin deficiencies.
Symptoms of vitamin deficiency include:
- Mouth ulcers and cracks
- Pale or yellowish skin
- Hair loss / Brittle nails
- Itchy patches on the skin
- Muscle weakness
Vitamin deficiency symptoms can improve by consuming certain foods or vitamins. A lack of iron, typically found in meat, nuts, and dark leafy green, may cause mouth ulcers or cracks around the corners because the body lacks what it needs to avoid mouth bacteria from becoming out of balance. Symptoms similar to these may also indicate other illnesses. Therefore, consult your health care provider if you have health concerns.
USFHP Primary Healthcare Plan provides routine doctor's visits, hospitalization, prescription coverage, preventative health care coverage, and specialty care. We’ve also developed incentive programs that reward our members for meeting certain health goals.
Visit usfhp.net or call 1-800-241-4848 for help finding a provider or assistance scheduling an appointment.