Beta Carotene

Beta Carotene

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Confirm the diagnosis of carotenoderma; detect fat malabsorption; depressed carotene levels may be found in cases of steatorrhea. Vitamin A serum levels do not correlate well with liver stores. Carotenemia may be confused with jaundice. It is also reported high with some cases of diabetes mellitus, myxedema, chronic nephritis, nephrotic syndrome,[1,2] liver disease, hypothyroidism, type I, IIA, and IIB hyperlipoproteinemia, and in a group of amenorrhoeic hypogonadotropic women.[1] An inverse relationship between serum beta-carotene and the risk of bronchogenic squamous cell carcinoma is reported.[3] The highest carotene levels are found in the serum of faddists ingesting large amounts of vegetables.[4] Oral leukoplakia responds well to beta-carotene therapy.[5] Low beta-carotene levels are associated with oral contraceptives and smoking.[6] Patient should fast for 12 hours and abstain from alcohol for 24 hours prior to collection. For those who are younger than six months, draw prior to next feeding. Blood should be collected before breakfast in the morning and prior to any medication