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Vitamin B12 Injection Clinic

Kensington High Street

Please call 07802 722023 to arrange an appointment

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Vitamin B12 is a powerhouse. It helps make DNA, nerve and blood cells, and is crucial for a healthy brain and immune system. Your metabolism wouldn't run smoothly without it. But B12 isn't like other vitamins. Up to 15% of people don't get enough B12, and they're more likely to be vegetarians, have celiac disease or other digestion problems, or be an adult over 50. The signs of vitamin B12 deficiency include exhaustion, rapid heartbeat, brain fog, and other symptoms.

 

 

           Early Symptons include weakness & fatigue
 
           B12 isn't nicknamed the energy vitamin for nothing. Inadequate B12 intake makes a dent in red blood cell production, and some of the earliest signs of a deficiency include feeling dragged, confused, and weak. The clues are so vague, and not everyone experiences them the same way. They can be attributed to so many other possible triggers such as dizziness, impaired thinking, and confusion.

 

           It can be mistaken for Dementia
 
           Symptoms of a deficiency often mimic those of dementia, such as memory loss, disorientation, and difficulty thinking and reasoning.  It can be hard distinguishing deficiency from dementia, especially since older folks are at risk for both. And the two conditions often overlap; 75% to 90% of B12 deficient people also have neurological complications such as dementia. But even when a B12 shortage strikes younger people, it still typically resembles dementia. Experts aren't exactly sure of the relationship between the two, but patients with unexplained cognitive decline could also be B12 deficient.

 

           Heavy drinking increases your odds
 
           More than a few drinks on average each day can cause gastritis, or irritation of the stomach lining, and this can lead to low stomach acid and reduced B12 absorption. Alcohol plays a role in deficiency in another way too. B12 is stored in the liver, and alcohol consumption can impair liver function and deplete B12 stores or make it harder for the liver to use it.


           It's linked to pernicious anemia
 
           There's a specific type of anemia that's triggered by a B12 deficiency. Pernicious anemia, (which means "dangerous," because it was potentially life-threatening in the past)  is a red blood cell deficiency that happens when the stomach doesn't make enough of a protein called intrinsic factor, which helps the intestine absorb B12. Pernicious anemia can be the result of an autoimmune issue, a problem with the stomach lining, or even a congenital condition passed down through families. Treatment usually involves B12 shots, possibly combined with supplements.


            It can be hard to recognize a deficiency
 
            Because the body can store B12 for three to five years, early symptoms of a deficiency usually appear gradually, so you're unlikely to notice them. After initial clues like fatigue, weakness, and brain fog set in, more advanced tip-offs show up, such as numbness and tingling of the limbs, depression, and paranoia, even hallucinations. The signs are so varied and they don't strike everyone, so it's tough to diagnose even at a later stage. Which symptoms hit when depends also on what caused the deficiency— malabsorption, which could mean they are absorbing some B12 and the deficiency is occurring more slowly, or total lack of animal products, which would likely cause the deficiency to develop more quickly.

 

 

 

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