Common Causes & Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
June 21, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Common Causes & Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

 



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Vitamin B12 is one of the thirteen essential vitamins necessary to support life. The primary functions of vitamin B12 are to promote nerve function, maintain healthy blood cells, and aid in the production of DNA, which is the building block of every cell throughout the body.  Usually, a deficiency occurs when the body is unable to properly absorb the vitamin, which is found in specific foods.  Foods that are high in vitamin B12 include eggs, milk, cheese, red meat, white meat, fish, shellfish, and fortified cereals.

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Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include tingling and numbness in the extremities, pale skin, fatigue, cognitive impairment, mood swings, nausea, and vomiting. Vitamin B12 deficiency is diagnosed through blood work, and treatment options include supplements or dietary changes. If a supplement is required, there are many options available, such as pills, sublingual tablets, nasal gels, and shots. Risk factors for this deficiency include pregnancy, alcohol abuse, a vegetarian diet, autoimmune conditions, and intestinal problems.   

 

While this deficiency can present with unusual symptoms, it is typically readily corrected with the proper supplement or dietary modifications.  If you have been experiencing any of the above symptoms, connect with Shifa4U today and order a vitamin B12 laboratory test online in Pakistan only on Shifa4U. 

 

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Abigail Mckay

Abigail has been a nurse for five years, and throughout her time as a nurse, she has worked in multiple medical-surgical units as well as spent time in the infusion therapy clinic and endoscopy lab. She is passionate about preventative medicine through patient education regarding nutrition and exercise. Due to her passion, Abigail has gone on to earn two certifications including a certification in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and a certification in holistic nursing (HNB-BC), in hopes of being able to better serve her patients. Abigail earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She is currently staying at home with her children while continuing to work towards bettering patient education in the healthcare system through partnering with American TelePhysicians. She is a wife to Max McKay, and a mom to two boys, Titus (3) & Silas (1).