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Bruises that take a long time to heal on my forearms

I am a 57 year old woman with Type II diabetes.  I've also been diagnosed with HepC several years ago and was non-responsive to the Interferon/Riboviron regimen.  The treatment made me very ill and I experienced very debilitating depression. Since that treatment, I've noticed how my forearms bruise and cut easily. I don't heal like I used to.  I started juicing almost a year ago, avoid GMO foods, I eat more fish, lots of vegetables and drink lots of water.  I don't drink or smoke or do drugs. I quit all that 20 years ago.  Had 6 children.  I've been training for a Marathon and have been enjoying the challenges and the results too.  I've been able to maintain close to normal glucose levels without Metformin, and I test 3 - 4 times a day.  The skin on my legs look good, my face and hair, but when I look at my forearms I want to cry.  I use special makeup to cover it up.  It's just my forearms. Seems I never see them without the ugly bruises, scars & cuts.  Why is this happening to me? My kidney function was normal, It's the first time in years my blood tests came back normal.  My A1C was slightly elevated, but down from 10.4 to 6.9.  Am I vitamin deficient?


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1756321 tn?1547095325
"HCV infection significantly lowered vitamin B(6) and folate (p<0.05). Therapy caused further decrease in vitamin B(6) (p<0.05), and also significantly decreased vitamins B(1) and B(2) (p<0.05). This anti-HCV therapy caused more patients to exhibit insufficient iron status.

HCV infection elevated plasma level of malondialdehyde and 8-isoprostane, and therapy further exacerbated lipid oxidation (p<0.05). HCV infection significantly lowered vitamin C and glutathione levels (p<0.05); therapy significantly reduced alpha-tocopherol and activity of glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase (p<0.05).

CONCLUSION:
This anti-HCV therapy elevated oxidative stress and depleted B vitamins and iron. Thus, the supplement of antioxidant agents, B vitamins and/or iron should be considered for patients with this therapy in order to avoid other healthy risk."

- Vitamins B depletion, lower iron status and decreased antioxidative defense in patients with chronic hepatitis C treated by pegylated interferon alfa and ribavirin.
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363281 tn?1590104173
You need to discuss this with and endocrinologist and possibly a dermatologist. It would appear that some vitamin deficiencies are causing this, but without proper blood work and other tests, it is hard to discern.
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