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All that you need to know about – Vitamin B12 deficiency


Hello all, today I’ll be talking about Vitamin B12 deficiency

Vitamin B 12 is one of the essential vitamins that is required by our body. It is required in many important cells like RBCs, Nerves, Mouth and Brain. Vitamin B12 deficiency is very common, but there are no specific signs or symptoms which directly point to Vitamin B12 deficiency, therefore many patients come to know about it late.

In this post I will be talking about the common signs of Vitamin B12 deficiency, the people who can get Vitamin B12 deficiency and what are the sources of Vitamin B12 deficiency and treatment options.

Common signs and symptoms of Vitamin B 12 deficiency –

  • Anemia, low haemoglobin
  • Weakness, tiredness, fatigue
  • Pricking sensation in hands or feet
  • Difficulty in balancing and walking
  • Ulcers in mouth
  • Loss of taste
  • Breathlessness
  • Vertigo, dizziness
  • Difficulty in vision
  • Mood swings, depression.

People who may get Vitamin B 12 deficiency –

  • Vegetarians
  • Old people
  • Children
  • Pregnant ladies, breast feeding mothers.
  • Diabetes patients taking Metformin
  • People who are taking acidity medicines
  • Long standing illness – Tuberculosis, kidney disease, typhoid, liver disease etc.
  • Malnourished, unhealthy food habits.

Sources of Vitamin B 12 –

  • Milk and milk products – curd, paneer, cheese, chaas etc.
  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • B 12 is not available in good quantites fruits and vegetables.

Curd and milk are the best sources of Vitamin B12 for the vegetarians. 1 cup curd and 1 glass milk daily can help maintain the normal levels.

Treatment options –

Most of the vegetarians are deficient, and should get themselves tested and take the B12 supplement recommended by your doctor.

Please note – if your reports shows Vitamin B 12 deficiency, please take the medicine s advised by the doctor. Many of the patients avoid them because they feel it has side-effects, and better to take natural food. But this is wrong. The tablets don’t have major side-effects and it will take many months to get the normal level of vitamin B 12 from food sources. The patient has to take the medicines for that time, otherwise they may get another major problem.

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  1. Anshuma chhabra Anshuma chhabra

    Worth information…
    Thankx for sharing..

    • Dr. Hitesh P. Fariya Dr. Hitesh P. Fariya

      Thank you Anshuma. If you like the post, feel free to share it with others. Wewish to create Health awareness to all.

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