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    Wednesday, May 25, 2022

    Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Signs Of 'Neurologic Damage' Caused By Low Vitamin B12 In The Body

    Warning signs of Vitamin B12 deficiency
    Vitamin B12 is one of the most essential nutrients that your body requires. It is a water-soluble vitamin that is present in many foods and is also available in the form of supplements. However, B12 deficiency among people is more common than you think. Symptoms can range from extreme fatigue, mood problems, skin changes to more severe illnesses such as gastrointestinal issues, unusual memory loss, elevated heart rate and breathing difficulties.

     
    Warning signs of Vitamin B12 deficiency
    Vitamin B12 is one of the most essential nutrients that your body requires. It is a water-soluble vitamin that is present in many foods and is also available in the form of supplements. However, B12 deficiency among people is more common than you think. Symptoms can range from extreme fatigue, mood problems, skin changes to more severe illnesses such as gastrointestinal issues, unusual memory loss, elevated heart rate and breathing difficulties.

    Also read: Warning signs of a damaged liver from alcohol overconsumption.

    Role of Vitamin B12
    Vitamin B12 plays several roles in your body. It not only helps enhance energy and boost metabolism, but it also works towards the development of brain and nerve cells, while also facilitating the production of DNA.

    Given that our bodies cannot produce Vitamin B12, the best way to get sufficient amounts of this vital nutrient is through natural sources like animal products consisting of seafood, eggs, poultry and some forms of dairy. That said, although certain veggies and legumes contain Vitamin B12, they do not provide as much nutrients as opposed to non-vegetarian foods.
    Best sources of Vitamin B12
    Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that cannot be produced naturally in the body. Therefore, if you want to increase your intake of vitamin B12, choose the right foods.

    Some of the best sources of Vitamin B12 can be your favourite foods, which include:

    - Milk

    - Eggs

    - Yogurt

    - Fatty fishes

    - Red meat

    - Clams

    - Fortified cereal
    Study indicates 'neurologic damage' caused by Vitamin B12 deficiency
    As discussed, Vitamin B12 is a necessary nutrient that helps keep the nervous system healthy, maintaining the overall health of the body too.

    According to the BMJ, severe Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to "permanent neurologic damage".

    The health body notes that "earlier manifestations are generally subtle or asymptomatic".

    However, "if neurological problems do develop, they may be irreversible," warns the health body.
    Five signs to watch out for
    The National Health Services (NHS) lists down the neurological problems one may face if they lack Vitamin B12 in the body.

    - Vision problems

    - Memory loss

    - Pins and needles or paraesthesia

    - Loss of physical coordination (ataxia), which can affect your whole body and cause difficulty speaking or walking

    - Damage to parts of the nervous system (peripheral neuropathy), particularly in the legs.
    Who is at risk of Vitamin B12 deficiency?
    Everyone is prone to developing Vitamin B12 deficiency, given that they're not getting enough of the nutrients from their diet.

    However, studies suggest people who are 60 years old or older are more likely to have Vitamin B12 deficiency as compared to other age groups.

    "Older people and others who don’t produce enough stomach acid to absorb B12 properly, may also be at risk of deficiency," warns UK's Holland and Barrett.

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