How to Fix Vitamin B-12 Deficiency
Understanding Vitamin B-12 Deficiency
Vitamin B-12 is essential to your health. Your body uses vitamin B-12 to make red blood cells, DNA and nerves, among other functions. Even though vitamin B-12 is critical to your well-being, your body can’t produce it on its own. Instead, people have to rely on foods and/or supplements to get vitamin B-12. Because of the amounts needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle, many people experience vitamin b-12 deficiency.
How Much Vitamin B-12 Do You Need Daily
The amount of vitamin B-12 you need every day depends on various factors, such as your age, your eating habits, your body’s ability to absorb the vitamin, any medical conditions you may have and the medication you’re currently taking. In general, the amount of vitamin B-12 you should get daily will increase as you get older.
Infants up to six months of age need 0.4 micrograms of vitamin B-12 every day. Children between the ages of four and eight-years-old should get 1.2 mcg of the vitamin every day while a typical adult needs 2.4 mcg daily. Adults who are breastfeeding should intake 2.8 mcg of vitamin B-12 per day.
Foods That Contain Vitamin B-12
There are basically two kinds of food that contain vitamin B-12, animal foods and fortified foods. Dairy products, eggs, fish, meat and poultry are animal foods that have vitamin B-12. To see if a food has been fortified with vitamin B-12, you’ll need to check the item’s nutrition facts label which is located on the food’s packaging.
How Widespread Is Vitamin B-12 Deficiency?
Because some people don’t eat enough foods that contain vitamin B-12 and others can’t absorb enough vitamin B-12 even when they do consume an adequate amount of vitamin B-12-containing foods, vitamin B-12 deficiency is a pretty common problem. It can be even more common among older people. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimated that 3.2 percent of people who are over 50 years-old have a dangerously low vitamin B-12 level with up to 20 percent of the same age group possibly having a deficiency described as “borderline.”
The Symptoms of Vitamin B-12 Deficiency
The symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency can develop slowly or they can hit you very suddenly. Here are some of the symptoms associated with a vitamin B-12 deficiency:
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of Breath
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Nerve problems
- Difficulty walking
- Memory loss
- Loss of vision
- Swollen or smooth tongue
Treatment for Vitamin B-12 Deficiency
Luckily, the symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency will usually go away when your body is getting enough vitamin B-12 regularly. Unfortunately, if you’ve suffered nerve damage due to this deficiency, the damage may be permanent.
If you have a severe vitamin B-12 deficiency, your doctor may treat you with weekly vitamin B-12 shots or high-dose vitamin B-12 pills that you’ll need to take daily. If you have a mild deficiency, it can usually be corrected with a standard multivitamin.
B-12 Injections at Dr. Weight Loss of Atlanta
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