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Does GERD cause Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

 

 

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) does more than just give you constant heartburn- chronic acid reflux can create a host of ailments that many people don’t link with symptoms of GERD, including vitamin B12 deficiency.

Does GERD cause Vitamin B12 Deficiency? B12 Patch

What is GERD?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive system disorder which prevents food from traveling through your stomach and intestines, and instead causes the food you eat, along with digestive enzymes, to seep back through the esophagus, causing irritation, heartburn, and other debilitating symptoms.

11 Surprising Symptoms of GERD

GERD and vitamin B12 deficiency

If you take GERD medications, protein pump inhibitors (PPIs), then you are at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency.

That’s because your body relies on certain digestive enzymes in order to properly extract vitamin B12 (cobalamin) from the foods you eat- meat, fish, and poultry.

As the function of GERD medications is to stop making these digestive enzymes, your body’s ability to manufacture intrinsic factor is impaired, resulting in vitamin B12 malabsorption, a condition in which vitamin B12 travels through your esophagus and the rest of your GI tract, without ever getting digested or distributed through the blood, resulting in severe vitamin B12 deficiency, or vitamin B12 anemia.

Because of GERD medications for acid reflux, vitamin B12 deficiency is often a comorbid condition of GERD, one that goes undetected for years, until depleted levels of vitamin B12 begin to manifest themselves by producing debilitating ailments, symptoms which are not always linked automatically to vitamin B12 deficiency.

Symptoms indicating vitamin B12 deficiency, which may occur as an indirect result of GERD, include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Painful tingling in the hands and feet (pins and needles)
  • Numbness
  • Muscle spasms, twitches
  • Vision problems
  • Stomachaches
  • Diarrhea

Take action

If you suffer from GERD and take PPIs or medications which reduce stomach acids, then it’s important to get your vitamin B12 levels checked frequently with a simple blood test.

If you are B12 deficient, and you wish to continue taking GERD medicines, then you will need to supplement with mega-doses of non-dietary vitamin B12, until your vitamin B12 levels get back to normal.

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Sources:

Gastroesophageal reflux disease- PubMed Health

B12 deficiency: a silent epidemic with serious consequences

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11 Surprising Symptoms of GERD

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

 

 

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) does more than just give you constant heartburn- chronic acid reflux can create a host of ailments that many people don’t link with symptoms of GERD.

11 Surprising Symptoms of GERD- B12 Patch

What is GERD?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive system disorder which prevents food from traveling through your stomach and intestines, and instead causes the food you eat, along with digestive enzymes, to seep back through the esophagus, causing irritation, heartburn, and other debilitating symptoms.

Think of your digestive system as a one-way street. Normally, you swallow food, it slips down your esophagus, passes through the stomach where it combines with various stomach acids, and then travels through your intestines.

There are no U-turns in a healthy gastrointestinal tract.

With GERD, however, the esophagus suddenly becomes a two-way lane, as the esophageal sphincter, which is supposed to seal the door between the stomach and the bottom of your esophagus, instead loosens, allowing food…and harmful stomach acids to travel right back up through the esophagus, causing damage to your sensitive esophageal linings and creating debilitating symptoms such as heartburn, stomach cramps, and nausea.

But that’s not all…

GERD led to B12 Deficiency- What do I eat now?

GERD symptoms

The earliest symptoms of GERD may include the usual heartburn and stomach discomfort.

But left untreated, after several years, chronic acid reflux can cause severe damage to your digestive system, as the continuous flow of acidic stomach contents and undigested food wears away at your esophagus, increasing your risk of stomach ulcers and malnutrition.

Symptoms which indicate the many stages of GERD may include:

  1. Heartburn- pain in the chest that is worsened at night, while reclining, or while bending over
  2. Nausea
  3. Sensation of having food stuck in your chest
  4. Vomiting
  5. Increased saliva, “water brash”
  6. Coughing
  7. Bitter taste in mouth, bile
  8. Sore throat
  9. Hoarseness, change in voice
  10. Difficulty swallowing food
  11. Hiccups

Your turn!

Do you have any questions or suggestions?  Please leave your comments below.

Share with your friends!

If you found this article helpful, then please share with your friends, family, and coworkers by email, Facebook, or Google+.

Like this? Read more:

Acid Reflux Medication Warning: One Big Reason to avoid PPIs

Absorbing Vitamin B12, a Metabolic Gastrointestinal Journey

Sources:

Gastroesophageal reflux disease- PubMed Health
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