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Gastric bypass can cause deficiency of Vitamin A

by Medindia Content Team on  June 19, 2006 at 7:37 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Gastric bypass can cause deficiency of Vitamin A
New York: A study initiated by U.S. researchers on the medical histories of patients not genetically disposed to blindness , but were either blind or suffered weak eyesight, revealed that they had undergone stomach/intestine related surgeries, which could have caused Vitamin A deficiency, leading to poor eyesight or even blindness. This report is available in the latest issue of the British Journal of Ophthalmology.
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The study analyzed three patients aged above 65, who were found to have vitamin A deficiency and have had a surgery related to the intestines during the previous two or three decades. It was observed that the patients despite taking Vitamin A supplements suffered from poor vision. The only remedy and silver lining lies in the intramuscular injections of vitamin A that showed remarkable improvements in the eyesight within days of giving the injections.

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