Copper Deficiency | Hypocupremia - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Mar 02, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for copper deficiency?

You should consult your family physician.

2. How prevalent is copper deficiency?

Copper deficiency is a very rare condition as sufficient amount is usually supplied by a balanced diet.

3. Is copper good for my health?

Copper is a micronutrient that is essential for maintaining good health. However, too much copper can cause adverse effects like nausea, vomiting, stomach aches and diarrhea. Moreover, in serious cases of copper toxicity, liver and kidney damage can also occur.

4. Why is a test required for measuring the level of copper in the body?

A test is generally not required. It is done only when your doctor suspects that you might be copper deficient in the context of other diseases or if there is an excess of copper in your body such as in Wilson’s disease.

5. Can a newborn baby suffer from copper deficiency?

Menkes disease is a hereditary condition in newborn babies in which there is a copper deficiency. However, this disease is extremely rare, with a prevalence of 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 250,000 births.

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