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10 Signs of B12 Deficiency in Women
The following symptoms can indicate a B12 deficiency and should be brought to your doctor’s immediate attention…
Frequent bouts of dizziness or vertigo can often be a signal that your B12 stores are low. For instance, you may experience a feeling of wobbles when you get up too fast from a sitting position. Most often, people will notice the onset of dizziness suddenly when either changing positions from sitting to standing or after a right after you have experienced a significant amount of physical activity.
Those low in B12 may also feel dizzy when they walk up or down stairs, which can be quite dangerous. Chronic bouts of vertigo should be brought to your doctor’s attention so they can test you for B12 deficiency.
2. Pins and Needles
It’s very common to experience pins and needles if you sit cross-legged for far too long. However, pins and needles (or the feeling of numbness) throughout the body when you haven’t compressed any part of your body, can indicate a B12 issue.
Numbness or the feeling of electric shock waves can be the result of nerve damage in B12 deficient patients. Nerve issues in the body can be traced back to low oxygen levels, due to poor red blood cell production, which the B12 vitamin largely affects.
The uncomfortable feeling of pins and needles could also be related to a number of other potential issues including reduced blood supply or dehydration.
3. Pale Complexion
Sure, the idea of vampires may seem irrational. However, the concept that vampires are pale while suffering with a craving for blood sort of makes sense. After all, creatures of the night lack the vitamin B12.
Those with B12 deficiency often cast a pale complexion due to a lack of red blood cells. And those lacking in red blood cells often become ghostly in hue because the release excess bilirubin, which zaps those rosy cheeks and leaves behind a pale, yellow visage.
Sure, we all have “brain farts,” which is what I often refer to when I frantically look for my glasses even though their perched on top of my head. Let’s face it – we have all been there! However, chronic and uncharacteristic forgetfulness may indicate a deeper medical issue, particularly if you are noticing an increased trend of forgetfulness that you are beginning to become concerned about.
Many patients suffering from B12 deficiency even jump to the conclusion that they have early onset dementia or Alzheimer’s, especially if you are in your senior years. The good news here is that a simple blood test from your doctor can diagnose B12 deficiency, and a supplemental regimen can have your sharp-memory back in focus in no time!
5. Unexplained Fatigue
A night of good sleep followed by a day of yawns and dragging your feet can be common for many. However, if that fatigue is felt for days—even though you regularly get a good night’s sleep—your fatigue (combined with other already mentioned symptoms) may be the result of a B12 deficiency.
Researchers from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics claim that those who feel zapped of energy even though they get plenty of zzzzzzzzs may be experiencing low B12 levels. This is due to lack of red blood cell production, which is one of B12s responsibilities. Lack of red blood cells means oxygen transport to your organs is lacking, which is what can cause extreme fatigue.
6. Vision Issues
No, there isn’t something in your eye causing the spotting, blurred and double vision. In fact, low B12 stores over the long term can lead to vision changes and actually damage vision.
Retinal damage can result if blood vessels in the eye become blocked. As a result you may experience light sensitivity, blurred or double vision, tracers or shadows, which all result from damage to the optic nerve. Luckily, B12 supplementation can restore full vision.
7. Muscle Weakness
If you go from bench pressing 100-pounds to struggling with picking up your laundry, you may be suffering a lack of B12 vitamin. B12 is relied on for oxygenation of organs… and muscles.
As a result of lack of vitamin B12 and insufficient oxygenation to muscles, sluggishness and uncharacteristic muscle weakness may result. Suddenly an individual who could carry 5 bags of groceries for 4 blocks will struggle if their purse or gym bag is too heavy.
If you feel the onset of sudden weakness from time to time and aren’t suffering from a flu or cold, it is probably a good idea to speak to your doctor and to ask if your B12 levels could be a potential cause.
8. A Smooth Tongue
9. Mood Changes
10. Stomach Discomfort/Infrequent Bowl Movements
10 Signs of B12 Deficiency in Women
So , last year I had my B12 tested for fatigue and many other symptoms doctor said it was 2000. I was already taken B 12 under the tongue, he told me to stop and it would go down on it’s own. But he didn’t say there was a need for any further evaluation well stupid me didn’t think about finding another doctor to retest and now the symptoms are so severe it’s affected my ability to walk, also causing hair loss, balance problems , muscle twitches ,sleep problems you name it. So went to a rheumatologist had bloodwork for everything it all came back normal except for my MVC ,The size of my red blood cells are to large so now this doctor is testing my B 12 again and folic acid. I do not have those results yet so I’m guessing you could have high B12 and still be considered deficient since the body is not supposed to store B 12??? My memory is so bad that I can drive somewhere 50 times and forget how to get there , and this has increasingly gotten worse as well. Ugh!
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I have been b12 deficient that I know of for 2 years. I have been vegan for 5 years. I had to inject daily for two years as my deficiency was so bad. Now only weekly. I get mine at www.vitaminb12online.com they have great service and all three kinds of b12. B12 Deficiency is really something you dont want to mess with.
The problem is a blood test is not accurate! We cannot depend on them!! My b12 was high last year and it turns out I am b12 deficient! My naturopath figured it out based on my symptoms, my tongue, etc. We rely too much on these blood tests, I am also deficient in many minerals, all of which did not show up as deficient on blood tests!! Use common sense people and find a naturopath that has some.
+Anna pinkypinky thanks - however in my case my liver has viruses in it, that is why it is not detoxing well. I have to drink a lot of things like nitrogreens by biotics and markus rothkranz greens EVERY DAY to keep the stage 1 liver detox pathways clear, or the viruses will get a hold and cause me to get chronic fatigue again. The body is very complex and we all have so much going on today. I will say do not take regular iron supplements, they cause all kinds of problems. I get all of my iron from whole food supplements made of organ meat ( a good B12 source as well), meat and legumes, dark greens, my vit D I get from misol D3 spray, it's a pretty good one. On top of this I had to start drinking some diluted apple cidar vinigar to increase HCL (acid) in my intestines so I could digest what I was taking in. Most of us are not digesting our food today, on top of everything else.
+GRACE GEMINO Food Research B complex is the only one I will take, it's real food. Yes I had chronic fatigue for a year, and muscle weakness - but there is a lot more involved with those symptoms than just B12 deficiency. If you want to learn more watch Dr. Randal Tent videos on youtube
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