Vitamin C is essential for the normal formation of blood vessels, ligaments, bones and teeth. It is most available in foods such as fruits and vegetables. Scurvy develops when vitamin C is present in inadequate amounts. It is more common in developing countries and in people who have a poor diet. Many of the symptoms found in people suffering from scurvy are the result of faulty production of collagen when ascorbic acid, vitamin C, is deficient. Different symptoms occur in childhood and adults.
Causes of Scurvy
Scurvy develops from deficiency of vitamin C.
Signs and Symptoms of Scurvy
The symptoms are related in part to the defective collagen, one of the body's connective tissues, that is formed when vitamin C is lacking. This leads to easy bruising and poor healing. Bony abnormalities occur, particularly in children. Vitamin C also helps preserve the poor of Folic acid. Deficiency of this can lead to anemia. There may be loosening of teeth. Rapid heart rate and shortness of breath may occur from anemia.
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