hypothyroidism and vitamin b12 deficiency

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Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms

Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms can mimic other health issues, so it's important that you do not self-diagnose and seek your doctor's advice if you believe

you have any of these symptoms. However, this article will provide some information regarding vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms that are most common. Once

again, speak with your doctor should you experience any of these symptoms.

Vitamin B12 is one of the eight B vitamins, is a water soluble vitamin, and is primarily stored in the liver. It has some of the most crucial functions of

all the essential nutrients in the body. It works with folic acid and participates in the synthesis of our genetic material - the DNA. It also helps and

maintains functions of the nerve cells and the red blood cells. In terms of the nerve cells, vitamin B12 is an important essential ingredient to maintain a

healthy structure of the nerve cell protective sheath - the myelin sheath. However, the most common and significant vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms are

related to anemia caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency.

The deficiency of vitamin B12 can occur due to various reasons, with the elderly population being more prone to this condition. The cause of vitamin B12

deficiency can either be due to the lack of the vitamin in a person's diet or because of the inability of the body to absorb this essential nutrient.

Vitamin B12 is chiefly found in meat and other animal proteins, which require adequate stomach acids to properly digest, break down, and for the body to

extract B12. So, older people as well as those who take medications that reduce stomach acids are at greater risk for vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms, as

are strict vegans who have eliminated animal proteins from their diet.

The following are some of the more common vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms:

- Shortness of breath,
- Pale skin,
- Fatigue,
- Headache,
- Dizziness,
- And, even heart palpitations and chest pains.

All of the above vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms are due to anemia caused by insufficient B12 levels in the body. If you believe you are experiencing any of

the above symptoms and are in a high-risk group, it is possible that your body may be lacking in B12. Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms can be serious, so

please be sure to speak with your physician if you experience any of the above symptoms.
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Claudia said...

I had thyroid cancer in December 2006. My thyroid was removed and I had a radiation treatment. I started taking levo and have been on it for over a year and am still experiencing significant hair loss. My endocrinologist kept telling me that the hair loss would decrease within a few months. If anything, it's gotten worse. I just switched to desiccated porcine thyroid health capsules one week ago and I am extremely ...happy when my hair loss stopped!!!!!

hector lombard said...

Hypothyroidism is one of those difficult to understand conditions that can make you want to throw up your hands in frustration. That is especially the case because of the vast difference between what a doctor may tell you, and what you read on the internet. Medical doctors only rarely think that their patients have "low thyroid function"

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