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Importance of Diagnostics in Vitamin and Hormone Deficiency

Vitamin deficiency can mimic other health conditions. If your doctor doesn’t take the time to test your mineral, vitamin, and hormone levels, you could be taking medication, often birth control for women, for a condition you don’t have simply because the prescription treats your symptoms. Another common occurrence is women don’t bother going to the doctor at all. They either ignore their symptoms or self-diagnose and treat. This can be dangerous to your health too. 

Diagnostics is as Important as Treatment 

Diagnostic testing is a crucial step to your health. It rules out serious conditions and develops a pattern doctors can use to explore more related tests and treatments before turning you to prescription medications. 

Blood testing is a dependable method to determine your vitamin, mineral, and hormone levels are within normal ranges, but it isn’t enough to rule out why you’re deficient. It truly only answers if you are deficient. You could have a stellar diet, rich in whole and nutritious foods, but still be short on recommended allowances due to conditions that aren’t easy to diagnose without more testing, extensive medical history, or further probing. 

For example, Post Birth Control Syndrome can lead you to be deficient in many vitamins. It can cause many reproductive disorders too, such as PCOS, infertility, and hypothyroidism, but treating the vitamin deficiency alone won’t address the root cause, which in these cases is a hormonal imbalance. 

One conventional treatment for hormone imbalance is more birth control. That makes little sense because women who come off birth control have a good reason for stopping: to try alternative treatments, to conceive, or they no longer want to take it for numerous reasons. 

What Can You Do? 

• Find a new doctor 
• Take your health seriously, even if your doctor does not. 
• Consider a holistic approach to your health in lieu of or in support of conventional treatment 

Find a new physician, specifically one who will look beyond your symptoms, order tests when needed, and work with you to achieve the overall goal of discovering the root cause of your problem. Your doctor should feel like a member of your team, and you should not feel like another number in a cattle line with no opinion or voice. 

Be proactive in your health. Write down your symptoms. Keep a food and exercise diary. Record every medication and supplement you take, including over the counter varieties. This information is vital to your doctor. Do consider a second opinion with a holistic health professional who works with you and uses alternative methods to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms. 

Please don’t start a therapy without the consent of your doctor, nutritionist, or holistic health provider. Remember, even though vitamins and minerals are good for you, taking too much of certain ones can introduce adverse effects, such as losing your hair or masking another deficiency, so don’t self-diagnose and treat. Share your food, exercise, and medication journals with your doctor, and you can discover the underlying cause of your vitamin deficiency and begin a treatment that meets your medical needs.

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