What is scurvy?
Scurvy happens when there is a lack of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid.
The deficiency leads to symptoms of weakness, anemia, gum disease, and skin problems.
This is because vitamin C is needed for making collagen, an important component in connective tissues.
How is vitamin C deficiency diagnosed?
Diagnosis. Diagnosis of vitamin C deficiency is usually made clinically in a patient who has skin or gingival signs and is at risk of vitamin C deficiency. Skeletal x-rays can help diagnose childhood (but not adult) scurvy. Changes are most evident at the ends of long bones, particularly at the knee.
Why is my body not absorbing vitamin C?
Vitamin C deficiency anemiaFor instance, smoking impairs your body’s ability to absorb vitamin C. Certain chronic illnesses, such as cancer or chronic kidney disease, also increase your risk of vitamin C deficiency anemia by affecting the absorption of vitamin C.
How long can you go without vitamin C?
The onset of symptoms of scurvy depends on how long it takes for the person to use up their limited stores of vitamin C. The human body is unable to make vitamin C. For example, if the diet includes no vitamin C at all, the average onset of symptoms is about four weeks.