Vanadium deficiency is caused by a lack of vanadium in the body. This can occur due to inadequate dietary intake, inadequate absorption of vanadium, or increased excretion of the element.
Vanadium deficiency can be diagnosed by measuring the levels of vanadium in the blood or urine.
The differential diagnosis of vanadium deficiency includes other mineral deficiencies such as iron, zinc, and magnesium.
The treatment for vanadium deficiency is to increase dietary intake of foods that are rich in vanadium, such as shellfish, mushrooms, and some vegetables. Supplements may also be used.
With proper treatment, vanadium deficiency can be corrected and symptoms resolved. However, if left untreated, it may lead to serious health complications such as anemia, weakened immune system, and impaired growth.