You Need to pay Attention to B12 Deficiency Symptoms

November 12, 2012

You Need to pay Attention to B12 Deficiency Symptoms

B12 deficiency symptoms should not be ignored. Vitamin B12 plays many important roles in the body, many of which you may not be aware of. Vitamin B12 is important for the production of red blood cells so B12 deficiency symptoms involve anemia which generates severe fatigue (tiredness). Vitamin B12 is important for DNA replication when you are creating new cells for a particular tissue either for growth or repair. Without vitamin B12 can can’t replace damaged tissue. B12 is also important for the production of myelin around your neurons. This is important for signal conduction. B12 deficiency symptoms appear as poor conduction of signals with loss of memory and mental fatigue. B12 is also important for lipid metabolism. This is where fat is broken down to generate ATP which is the energy currency of all cells in your body.

Vitamin B12 is important for maintaining homeostasis for homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is an amino acid that is produced during normal protein metabolism, however this product is highly toxic to cells and that’s where B12 comes in by removing it. High levels of homocysteine has been known to be associated with stroke, heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. So, B12 deficiency symptoms are wide spread throughout the body and brain. Watch out for B12 deficiency symptoms such as tingling in your arms and/or legs, headaches, fibromyalgia, balance problems when standing and behavioral issues such as lack of impulse control, paranoia, mental confusion and delusions. Recall that B12 deficiency symptoms include fatigue which comes from a lack of red blood cells to carry oxygen to all your tissues and organs. This is going to effect the entire and body and brain and can really wreak havoc on the brain. The brain uses more oxygen than any other tissue except for skeletal muscle.

Based on what is currently known about B12 deficiency and you suspect your have it, you need to go to your healthcare provider as soon as possible. If your B12 deficiency symptoms are severe, you may have already collapsed and may be rushed to the emergency room. B12 deficiency as anemia is often treated with B12 shots. If severe enough, you may get shots once a day for a week and then once a week for a month and if necessary once a month until you are stable. This may happen with someone who can’t absorb vitamin B12 in the intestine. Remember that shots by pass the intestine and go directly into the blood. If this is not the case then 1 initial shot can be given and then B12 supplements are taken until your system is able to stabilize itself. You need not worry about a B12 overdose. Excess B12 is excreted in the urine. Quite often B12 deficiency is accompanied by low levels of folic acid (vitamin B9) and an iron deficiency, iron and B9 may be administered at the same time. Red blood cells need iron as it is a part of hemoglobin so B12 is not sufficient to make red blood cells.

Make sure you don’t ignore B12 deficiency symptoms as they have far reaching repercussions. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, then you don’t get enough B12 and you should know that you need to supplement yourself. Supplementing yourself should be more than a multivitamin. You will need a separate B vitamin supplement.

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