advertisement
Updated 14 February 2013

Signs of niacin deficiency

Dry skin, loss of appetite, headaches, nausea, mouth ulcers, insomnia and sensitivity to light.

0
Pellagra, a disease caused by insufficient intake of niacin, is usually the result of a diet based on cornmeal.

Early signs of deficiency include indigestion, muscular weakness and changes in the texture of the skin.

Full-blown pellagra is characterised by dermatitis (an inflammatory condition of the skin), diarrhoea and changes in the texture and colour of the tongue (known as "beefy tongue"). Confusion and disorientation is usually also experienced by the sick person.

Dermatitis due to niacin deficiency is characterised by cracked, pigmented skin.

People suffering from pellagra usually are severely malnourished in general.

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Terrific Tea! »

Rooibos makes cocktails healthier Rooibos: an alternative energy drink

More than 10 reasons why rooibos is good for you

Today marks the first annual National Rooibos Day, which aims to raise awareness of the health benefits and many uses of rooibos tea.

Healthy? Are you sure? »

5 diseases we can get from animals Could your salon visit make you sick?

7 terrifying diseases you could have without knowing it

Not all serious illnesses come with tell-tale symptoms. There are diseases that can turn your body into a ticking time-bomb while you're unaware of any danger.