Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Signs, Symptoms, and Possible Treatments

Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Signs, Symptoms, and Possible Treatments
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Are you a Vitamin B12 deficient? The symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency include:
1. fatigue, weakness, and tingling sensations in the arms and legs.
2. loss of appetite and weight.
3. diarrhea and constipation.
4. pain, tingling, or numbness in hands, feet and shoulders.
5. loss of balance and coordination.
6. numbness and tingling in hands and feet, especially at night.
7. memory loss.
8. depression.
9. depression, confusion, and memory loss.
10. vision problems.
11. weight loss.
12. slow healing of cuts and bruises.
13. unexplained anemia.
14. tingling and numbness in hands, feet, and shoulders, especially on awakening.
15. weakness, fatigue, and dizziness.
16. pale, dry skin.
17. shortness of breath.
18. elevated liver enzymes.
19. enlarged, tender, bluish, or red spots on the skin occurring on the palms and soles.
20. loss of balance.
21. tingling and numbness in the hands, feet, and shoulders.
22. slow healing of cuts and bruises.
23. depression.
24. memory loss.
25. depression, confusion, and memory loss

 

Your diet probably contains some vitamin B12, but how are you to get it?

You can get vitamin B12 from two kinds of foods: animal products such as meat, poultry, and seafood, and plant foods, such as fortified cereals, some leafy green vegetables, and fortified pasta.

If you eat meat, poultry, or seafood, make sure it contains 10 micrograms of vitamin B12 per serving. If you’re vegetarian, make sure fortified cereals contain 10 micrograms of vitamin B12 per serving.

Foods fortified with vitamin B12 include breakfast cereals, loaves of bread, certain kinds of milk, and pasta. Check the labels to make sure these products contain 10 micrograms of vitamin B12 per serving.

Vitamin B12 is also found in some vitamin supplements and some kinds of milk and oils. Check labels to make sure these products contain 10 micrograms of vitamin B12 per serving.

 


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Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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