It is estimated that up to 15% of people over the age of 60 are deficient in vitamin b12 and people who are on vegetarian diets are also at risk due to meats being the primary source of b12.
Tampa, FL (PRWEB) October 20, 2012
Vitamin b12 is an essential water soluble vitamin that the body can produce on its own, therefore it has to either be consumed or taken as a supplement. Oregon State University estimated that up to 15% of people over the age of 60 are deficient in vitamin b12 and people who are on vegetarian diets are also at risk due to meats being the primary source of b12.
Vitamin b12 assists in the production of red blood cells which carries oxygen throughout the blood so a low level of the vitamin might result in a condition like anemia. Anemia is a condition where the body is not receiving enough oxygen from blood. The symptoms of anemia include: Loss of energy and fatigue, rapid heartbeat, concentration problems, cramps, pale or clammy skin, shortness of breath, tingling in the toes or fingers, balance issues, paranoia, cramps and trouble sleeping.
With possible symptoms like this it is common sense to think about getting b12 levels checked by a doctor or simply start supplementing the vitamin by taking b12 injections.
As a water soluble vitamin the risk for “overdose” is very low, any unused b12 will usually be passed in the urine. In addition vitamin b12 shots has shown to remain in the bloodstream for several days after taking a shot meaning a dose two times per week should be sufficient to stay at appropriate levels.
There are other potential causes of a vitamin deficiency that may be diet related, environmental or be caused by an underlying physical condition that prevents the absorption of b12.
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