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B12 Deficiency Symptoms

B12 Deficiency Symptoms

Symptoms of B12 deficiency often go undiagnosed.  This is largely because there are a variety of symptoms and very often they can be mistaken for something else.  For example, many of the early b12 vitamin deficiency symptoms are often brushed off as the normal signs of aging.  At the other end of the spectrum, some people experience very dramatic symptoms even when they are only experiencing moderately low (or low/normal) levels.  In these cases, most of the time a B12 deficiency is not considered as a potential cause of the problem because the symptoms are so significant that it does not seem possible that moderately low or borderline b12 levels could be the culprit.

Here are some of the common symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency:

Neurological Symptoms

  • Mental confusion
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Impulse Control
  • Pins and needles in the extremities
  • Balance issues

Gastrointestinal Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Bloating
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

Other Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Paleness
  • Shortness of breath that results from only very light exertion
  • White spots on the skin (typically the forearm) due to decreased melatonin

These varied B12 deficiency symptoms are the result of the body not creating sufficient red blood cells due to the decreased levels of B12.  Red blood cells are required to carry oxygen to all of your cells so having insufficient red blood cells essentially starves your body of oxygen.

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