Scurvy happens when a person does not get enough vitamin C in their diet for a long period of time. It can lead to a number of health problems, such as weakness, poor wound healing, and gum disease. In children, it can weaken bones and lead to fractures.
Scurvy is caused by a diet that is low in vitamin C. Vitamin C is mainly found in fruits and vegetables. This vitamin is needed to make the collagen needed to form connective tissue. This tissue supports, protects, and gives structure to other tissues and organs in the body. Vitamin C also helps with bone formation.
The main risk factor is having little or no vitamin C sources in a person's diet. This may be more common in older adults who live alone.
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