The body requires vitamins and minerals also known as micronutrients in very slight amounts for proper functioning of organs. Micronutrients are quite essential for overall health. Micronutrients Deficiencies can lead to chronic and even fatal health problems. Micronutrient deficits are common, particularly among women. Most people are affected by some standard nutrient deficiencies such as Vitamin A, B12, Vitamin D, calcium, and iron.
The results of a new survey done by highlighted some key health issues caused by micronutrient deficiencies that are seen among Indian women. Over 1200 women aged 2 to 65 years participated in the survey from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai. Surveyors assessed their nourishment requirements and found that women suffer from 3 health issues simultaneously on average.
These are 4 leading health issues led by nutrition deficits in Indian women.
- Low Energy
- Low immunity
- Poor Bone and joint health
- Digestive Issues
Indian women are at a higher risk of health issues such as sleeplessness, weight management, and diabetes due to micronutrient deficiency than men. Most of these health conditions can be rectified via eating a balanced diet, required supplements, and nutrition awareness. A consultant Gynecologist and former president of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI) Dr. Rishma Dhillon Pai has said that people should be aware of these signs and symptoms of micronutrient deficiencies
- Lack of energy
- Concentration issues
- Being susceptible to diseases
- Falling frequently sick
- Experiencing breathlessness after slight physical activity
- Suffering fracture on arm or head due to small fall
- Hair fall
- Experiencing colorblindness caused by Vitamin A deficiency
Nutrient deficiency is associated with poor pregnancy consequences as well. Dr. Pai has said that a pregnant woman who has iron deficiency might give birth to an infant with serious defects in the body such as the nonexistence of a skull or spinal cord faults.