Explainer: what is scurvy and is it making a comeback?

A major hospital in western Sydney recently reported a number of diabetes patients were suffering from scurvy, a historical disease common in sailors on long voyages who were deprived of citrus fruit and vegetables. Scurvy is caused by severe and chronic deficiency of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), and is in modern times extremely rare. But considering our current dietary habits and their association with lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, could scurvy be making a comeback? What is it? In 1747, before the protective effects of vitamin C had been identified, British physician James Lind conducted the first clinical experiment in…
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