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3 Signs You Need a Little More B12

By Genevieve Cunningham

Vitamin B12 is a lot more important than most people realize. We’ve all heard of it, and we all know it’s necessary, but few truly understand the consequences of not getting enough. A lack of this very important vitamin can actually be dangerous. So are you getting enough? Take a look at these risk factors for a B12 deficiency followed by a few signs that yours is out of balance.

Risk Factors

Though anyone can be deficient in this vitamin, there are a few groups of people who may be more prone to deficiencies than others. Some risk factors might include:

  • Vegans - Vitamin B12 is most easily consumed by eating meat, so those who choose an alternate lifestyle may find that getting enough B12 is difficult.

  • Vegetarians - This group is at a slightly lower risk of a deficiency because a small amount of the vitamin can be found in eggs and dairy products.

  • Elderly - Due to a problem in the stomach that occurs with age, those in the aging population may have a harder time getting enough B12 in their diet. Even if they eat enough, it may not absorb properly. This scenario almost always needs a check by the doctor and a long-term treatment plan.

Signs of a Problem

There are many indicators that may suggest a B12 deficiency. A person may experience all or none, but a few things to watch out for include:

  • Extreme fatigue - The B vitamins are responsible for energy, so it’s no wonder that a deficiency may cause exhaustion.

  • You feel weak - Those who suffer from a lack of B12 may feel a weakness in the muscles. If you suddenly can’t carry the groceries, a trip to the doctor might be in order.

  • Confusion - Severe B12 deficiencies often result in a decline in cognitive function. Extreme confusion or an inability to concentrate may both stem from a lack of this particular vitamin.

So what should you do if you suspect that you’re not getting enough B12? Get to the doctor right away! Vitamin B12 is so important, it can lead to long-term damage to the body if you go without it for long periods of time. Watch out for these signs and see your doctor for regular checkups to keep your vitamin levels balanced and your health in good shape.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glendale, Calif.

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