Not many (if any) people think about their vitamin B12 levels on a regular basis. However, there are significant health risks associated with a vitamin B12 deficiency, including depression, paranoia, delusions, memory loss and incontinence, among others. To make matters worse, a B12 deficiency is quite sneaky. You may not even realize you have it until you’re very sick. ~ Wellness
Don’t Let a B12 Deficiency Sneak Up – Wellness
Vitamin B12 deficiency is more common in vegetarians and individuals who’ve had weight-loss surgery. However, anyone can develop the condition. The symptoms associated with vitamin B12 deficiency, such as weakness, fatigue and numbness, may sneak up and can mimic other health conditions. Therefore, it’s vital to seek help early on or just have those levels checked regularly. Let’s look at the science.
The Importance of Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is a vital nutrient that affects every cell in the body. It helps replicate DNA during cell production, keeps the body’s nerves and blood cells healthy, helps prevent anemia, birth defects, osteoporosis and macular degeneration. Additionally, it can improve mood and cognition. It helps prevent heart disease and supports healthy hair, skin and nails. It may even provide us with energy.
In most cases, people get enough vitamin B12 from the foods they eat. However, as much as 15% of the population may have a deficiency. Those most commonly affected are older adults, those with pernicious anemia, people who’ve had gastrointestinal surgery and vegetarians/vegans who do not use nutritional yeast or other sources.