Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

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Causes Of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

The daily requirement of vitamin B12 is 1-2 micrograms. About 5-7 micrograms of vitamin B12 is present in most types of western diet; however, many people do not eat enough of the right foods. The absorption of vitamin B12 is a complex process and the production of intrinsic acids within the stomach play a very significant role. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause malfunction in some organs of the body.A deficiency of this vitamin can also cause some diseases, such as Megaloblastic anemia. Vitamin B12 deficiency is also known to be the cause of anemia macrocytosis. This type of anemia will result in a low white blood cell and platelet count. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also cause the irreversible death of nerve cells.

Visible Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

The visible symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency are mainly the same as the symptoms of anemia. They commonly include weakness, fatigue, tiredness, feeling exhausted every now and then, shortness of breath even after a little exercise, brittleness of the nails, husky voice, inflammation of the tongue and difficulty in swallowing food and even saliva. It has been found that the deficiency will lead to sudden or acute anemia that shows symptoms of weakness, dizziness, difficulty in standing, sudden unconsciousness, extremely low blood pressure, difficulty in breathing, rapid pulse, and yellowing of the skin, nails and eyes.