7 Common Symptoms Of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

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A recent study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claims that 4% of females between the ages of 40-60 suffer from a deficiency of Vitamin B12.

“Is B12 Vitamin that critical for the body?” Yes, it is.

Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause serious health issues as this critical element is required to make red blood cells, nerve development, DNA and various other bodily functions. Age is not the sole reason but various other factors such as certain common medications, lack of meat intake lead to Vitamin B12 deficiency.

You all will agree that diagnosing a problem is the crucial step than finding its solution. Thus, it’s is vital for everyone out there especially all you ladies in 30’s to be well versed with the symptoms of B12 deficiency. Below listed are some of the common and early symptoms that need’s medical attention.

1. Frequent Episodes Of Dizziness

Frequent episodes of dizziness/vertigo, wobbly feeling is one of the common symptom of B12 deficiency. Often, we dismiss the wobbly feeling post standing up after sitting for too long as ‘Head Rush’, however, with age all these common symptoms might point to something major as in this case might be Vitamin B12 deficiency. If you have been having these episodes recently, we suggest to bring this to your doctor’s attention.

2. Pins And Needles Sensation Throughout The Body

It is common to feel ‘pins and needles’ type sensation if you compress any body part for too long. However, if you feel the same sensation without even comprising the body for too long, the, you might be suffering from B12 deficiency. Apart from this, numbness, electric shock waves are some other symptoms as well. This uncomfortable feeling is a result of nerve damage caused due to less oxygen levels in the cells.

3. Pale Complexion

Vitamin B12 largely aids in red blood cells production and its deficiency result in less RBC’s which in turn results in pale complexion. The idea of vampires is beautiful but let’s just keep that limited to books and movies.

4. Forgetfulness

You know that weird feeling when you are talking to someone the on cell phone and all you are wondering at the back of your mind is, “Where the hell did I keep my cell phone?” This is perfectly fine but keeping your car keys in refrigerator or forgetting names of your close friends is something you need to be worried about.

If you have started having these episodes recently, the, don’t mistake them as signs of early dementia. These symptoms might be an indication of Vitamin B12 deficiency.

5. Constant Feeling Of Being Tired Or Sleepy

Do you struggle to stay awake during afternoons even after 8 hours of sleep? If you are suffering from chronic fatigues, the, there is a possibility of Vitamin B12 deficiency in your body. As due to less RBC’s in blood, your cells are struggling to receive enough oxygen resulting in tiredness.

6. Muscle Weakness

Struggling to pick up your grocery bag or even laundry? Often, we, women ignore these symptoms as struggles of busy life. However, if these episodes of weakness are constant, then, it’s time to take a doctor’s opinion.

7. Vision Issues

Light sensitivity, spotting, blurred or double vision are some common vision problem experienced by people suffering from Vitamin B12 deficiency. In certain cases, it may even lead to optic nerve damage.

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