Tackling Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12 deficiency can be prevented if you are strict vegetarian. 3.2% of adults over age of 50 have a serious low B12 levels and up to 20% may have a borderline deficiency. The common causes of B12 deficiency are being on a vegetarian diet and after a weight loss surgery. Plants do not make Vitamin B12. It is only present in animal food.

Symptoms
Strange sensations, numbness or tingling in the hands, legs or feet.
Difficulty in walking (staggering, balance problem)
Anemia
A swollen inflamed tongue.
Difficulty thinking and reasoning (cognitive difficulties) or memory loss.
Yellowed skin (jaundice)
Paranoia or Hallucinations
Weakness
Fatigue
Ask your Doctor about having your B12 level check if you:
Are over 50 years old
Take a proton–pump inhibitor or H2 blocker drugs for acidity
Take metformin (a diabetes drug)
Are a strict vegetarian
Had weight loss surgery or have a condition that interferes with absorption of food.

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