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Posts Tagged ‘vitamin B12 deficiency and memory loss’

5 Ways to Ruin your Memory without getting Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Monday, February 13th, 2012



If you didn’t know, one of the many symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency is memory loss. So if you’re suddenly experiencing forgetfulness, then you should do is take a blood test for vitamin B12 deficiency.  But aside from “B12 brain fog,” what are some other factors that affect your memory?

Here are five things you shouldn’t do if you’re worried about memory loss, even if your B12 levels are strong.

Go to bed late every night

In 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that 28% of people don’t get enough sleep, and that number is probably higher today. 

More recently, a study whose findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that sleep deprivation is strongly linked with decreased “visual short-term memory.”

Another study published by the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry found that children between the ages of 6 and 13 who don’t receive enough “quality” sleep score poorer on memory-related tasks than adolescents who sleep sufficiently and soundly.

Take up smoking

Cigarettes aren’t just bad for your lungs and your heart; according to various scientific studies, smoking cigarettes also contributes to memory loss. 

A few years ago, UCSF conducted a study indicating that smokers are twice as likely to suffer Alzheimer’s disease as are nonsmokers.  

Know what else contributes to memory loss and brain shrinkage?  That’s right- vitamin B12 deficiency.

Can Vitamin B12 Deficiency cause Dementia?

Indulge in alcohol

We already know that alcoholics are susceptible to vitamin B12 deficiency, in addition to numerous other health problems.  And we’ve all heard about the “day after” scenario, when you wake up after a night of alcoholic binging without any memory of what occurred the night before. 

Well, researchers wanted to know if people who drink alcohol suffer from memory loss, even when they’re sober.  In one test published by Alcohol and Alcoholism, researchers noted delayed recognition in participants within a few weeks of alcohol consumption, even when their blood alcohol levels were near zero.

Eat a high fat, low carb diet

If you need another excuse to switch to a low-fat diet, it might help to know that it will make you smarter.  In several studies, test rats that were fed fatty foods saw a 25% decrease in their thinking skills, compared to when they ate a healthy, low-fat diet.  

More surprisingly, a study by Tufts University found that women who ate a low-carb diet scored poorer on memory tests than those who chose to follow the standard American Dietetic Association (ADA) dietary guidelines.

Brainy People are high on B12, according to Brain Health Study

Forgo exercise

In a study focusing on the effect of exercise on the hippocampus, the part of your brain involved in memory, researchers found that following a fitness regimen that included regular exercise is effective for maintaining brain mass, increasing oxygen to the brain, and boosting memory skills.  The results of the study were published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Can Aerobics Cure Alzheimer’s Disease?

Please tell us…

Have you been experiencing recent short-term memory loss? Is so, have you tried getting your vitamin B12 levels tested?  Aside from memory loss, other symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency are chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, confusion, brain fog, painful tingling in your hands and feet, sore tongue, eye twitching, and more.

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Top Ten Signs of a Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

The symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency are strikingly similar to other illnesses.  For this reason, it is important to become familiar with the signs of a vitamin B12 deficiency in order to treat it properly.  People who are at greatest risk for this are smokers, vegans, anyone over the age of fifty, and children of vegans.  Here is a partial list of symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency:

  1. Fatigue – Suffering from a lack of energy.  Since vitamin B12 is necessary for proper blood cell formation, a lack of vitamin B12 leads to smaller blood cells, and therefore carries less oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body, leading to fatigue.
  2. Memory loss – Forgetfulness of important information.  As mentioned previously, vitamin B12 is necessary for blood cell formation.  Low levels of B12 lead to smaller blood cells, and less nutrients for the body and the brain.  In the case of someone with a severe vitamin B12 deficiency, the memory loss can be mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease or senile dementia.
  3. Depression – Feelings of sadness and worthlessness are often attributed to an underlying mental illness, and a vitamin B12 deficiency may go unnoticed.
  4. Anemia – A low red cell blood count.  A vitamin B12 deficiency leads to the creation of fewer red blood cells in the body.
  5. Vision loss – Vitamin B12 is necessary for the proper formation of nerve cells in the body.  Specifically, vitamin B12 is needed for the fatty membrane surrounding the nerve cells, known as the myelin sheath.  Without this myelin sheath, the electrical signals being passed by the nerve cells go haywire in the body, with many consequences.   This loss of vision can be reversed with injections of vitamin B12.
  6. Dizziness – Poor coordination and clumsiness may be due to a severe vitamin B12 deficiency.  As mentioned previously, improperly formed nerve cells cause electrical impulses to be lost in transmission.
  7. Muscle weakness –   Muscle weakness can be in the arms or legs, also due to nerve cell issues.
  8. Tingling sensation in either the hands or feet – Low levels of vitamin B12 affects nerve cell development, and loss of muscle control is a symptom of a vitamin B12 deficiency.
  9. Urinary incontinence – Also a loss of muscle control due to low levels of vitamin B12.
  10. Paralysis – A total loss of muscle control sets in when stores of vitamin B12 are depleted from the body.

As you can see, many symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency can be easily confused with symptoms of other illnesses.  If you are suffering from any of the above, you should have your blood tested for a vitamin B12 deficiency.

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