Are You at Risk for Vitamin B12 Deficiency? Find Doctors to Consult

Vitamin B12 is very critical for maintaining good health. It is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods, available as a dietary supplement and prescription medication. Its severe deficiency can affect your health in several adverse ways.

Signs of B12 Deficiency



Health risks from severe deficiency of vitamin B12 include deep fatigue, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet can also occur. Additionally it can cause depression, paranoia, delusions, memory loss, incontinence, difficulty maintaining balance and soreness of the mouth or tongue.

Causes of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12 is required for proper red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis. An average adult should get 2.4 micrograms a day. Vegetarians tend to consume less of vitamin B12, while others can't absorb enough despite sufficient intake. (For example, only about 10 mcg of a 500 mcg oral supplement is actually absorbed in healthy people). As a result, vitamin B12 deficiency is relatively common, especially among older people.

Dietary Guidelines

This vitamin can't be made by the body, so it must be got from diet or supplements. The dietary guidelines or healthy eating pattern suggests:


Fish and red meat which are excellent sources of vitamin B12. Poultry and eggs also contain vitamin B12.


Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, and oils.


Milk and milk products are good sources of vitamin B12.


Protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), nuts, seeds and soy products.


Limit saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and sodium.


Stay within your daily calorie needs.


Dietary Supplements:Vitamin B12 is usually present as cyanocobalamin. Dietary supplements can also contain methylcobalamin and other forms of vitamin B12.


Are you getting enough of this vitamin? Consult a Doctor

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Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.

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