B12-Deficiency

12 Facts You Didn’t Know About B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12 is one of the most important vitamins that our body needs to function; however, B12 deficiencies are quite common an often undetected. A research study at Tufts University found that 40% of people between the ages of 26 and 83 have B12 levels in the low normal range, which is the range at which neurological symptoms can occur. Anemia, walking and balance disturbances, a loss of vibration sensation, confusion, and even dementia can result from a low range B12 level. Low B12 levels were shown to be as common in younger people as they were in the elderly.

As we say here a lot at Ageless Medicine of the Palm Beaches, many of the symptoms we associate with signs of “normal aging” (memory loss, cognitive decline, balance problems, etc.) are not normal at all. In fact, these symptoms are at least in part caused by hormone imbalances and vitamin deficiencies. Below are a few important facts about B12 and B12 Deficiency.

Important Facts About B12 and B12 Deficiency:

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1. B12 is a super-vitamin: It helps make DNA, is crucial for a healthy brain and functioning immune system, and superboosts your metabolism.

2. Adults Over 50 are at Risk: Like vegetarians and vegans, men and women over the age of 50 produce less stomach acid. Because stomach acid aids in B12 absorption, older individuals are more at risk of a deficiency.

3. A Deficiency Can Be Mistaken for Dementia: The neurological symptoms from a B12 deficiency are so extreme that it can be difficult to distinguish from dementia.

4. A Deficiency Can Be Linked To Immune System Issues: B12 plays a crucial role in white blood cell production, which is essential to a well-functioning immune system.

5. People with Gut Issues Are at Higher Risk: Colitis, Chron’s Disease, leaky gut, and even celiac disease sufferers are all at risk for a deficiency because these gut issues interfere with absorption.

6. B12 is found in Hearty Foods: Foods like eggs, meat, shellfish, and dairy, which means that many vegetarians are B12 Deficient. So, eat up all of those delicious Florida fishes!

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7. Physical Signs and Symptoms Include: Pale skin, a sore tongue, mouth sores, and tongue swelling are all physical signs of a B12 deficiency.

8. A Deficiency Can Cause Permanent Damage: Irreversible neurologic damade, such as memory, loss, lack of concentration, disorientation, insomnia, nerve damage, erectile dysfunction, and even bowl and bladder incontinence can be attributed to a B12 deficiency that persists for years.

9. A Deficiency Can Trigger a False-Positive Test on a Pap: Low B12 levels can actually change the appearance of cervical cells, leading to false-positive pap test results. Yet another reason to check for a B12 deficiency.laboratory technician holding a blood tube test

1o. A Blood Test is the Only Way to Confirm a Deficiency: Lab work is essential and generally very accurate in determining to detecting a B12 deficiency.

11. It’s Difficult to Overdose on B12: Because B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that your body absorbs what it needs while the rest is excreted through your urine, it is difficult to overdo B12 consumption. (It is not suggested that you take more than the recommended dosage, as some uncomfortable symptoms like diarrhea and itchiness may occur if you do, but your body will excrete that which you don’t need).

12. B12 Booster Shots are an Incredible Method for Preventing and Counteracting a Deficiency: Luckily, Ageless Medicine of the Palm Beaches has medical professionals who can help you find out if you have a B12 deficiency, prevent you from having one, and treat you if you do. Our physicians will run your labs and then boost your body with B12 supplementation! Call today for our special on B12 Booster shots, or learn more about our vitamin therapies HERE.

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