Getting through the day with a vitamin B12 deficiency is like expecting your car to make it across the country with only a quarter tank of gas. What causes vitamin B12 deficiency, how do you know if you're at risk, how can it affect your health and what can you do about it?
What Causes a Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Vitamin B12 deficiencies have a variety of causes including:
- Vitamin B12 malabsorption from food
- Pernicious anemia
- Postsurgical malabsorption
- Dietary deficiency
Some studies have shown as many as 40% of Americans suffer from low B12 levels. Many people don’t even know it, they just live with the symptoms - which include anemia, low blood pressure, fatigue, feeling light headed, migraines and depression.
The following groups are among those most likely to be vitamin B12 deficient:
- Older adults
- Individuals with atrophic gastritis
- Individuals with pernicious anemia
- Individuals with gastrointestinal disorders or surgery
- Pregnant and lactating women who follow strict vegetarian diets and their infants
Most non vegetarians can maintain healthy vitamin B12 levels through the animal products in their diets. But even for non vegetarians, B12 deficiencies are common.
How a Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Affect Your Health
Vitamin B12 plays a vital role in literally everything your body does. Maintaining a healthy level of vitamin B12:
- Keeps your brain and nerve cells functioning normally
- Helps regenerate blood cells and synthesize DNA
- Enables each individual cell to do its metabolic duty
According to the National Institute of Health, the health risks associated with vitamin B12 deficiency include:
● Cardiovascular disease
● Dementia and cognitive function
● Energy and endurance related symptoms
● Pernicious anemia
Vitamin B12 Injections for B12 Deficiency
Some B12 deficiencies can be stabilized by ingesting supplements but many medical professionals recommend B12 injections to vegetarians or people who are unable to absorb enough B12 to experience its benefits. Vitamin B12 injections can help restore and sustain healthy metabolic functions. This can lead to an uptick in energy levels, better memory, and healthier cognitive functions. And when used alongside a steady workout or weight loss regimen, that extra boost to your cellular process may help boost the results.
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