Vitamin B12 (which plays an important role in balanced neurological functioning and DNA Synthesis) deficiency, can lead to neuropsychiatric and hematologic disorders, macrocytic anemia (also known as Megaloblastic anemia), hyperhomocysteinemia, atherosclerosis, pancytopenia, peripheral neuropathy, paresthesias, psychiatric problems such as irritability, change in personality, memory impairment, depression, psychosis and dementia and sub-acute Combined Systems Disease etc.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is also said to be linked with cardiovascular problems such as stroke, myocardial infraction (Vitamin B12 indirectly increases the risk of cardiovascular problems) etc. Possible involvement of Vitamin B12 deficiency in other diseases is still a subject of deep medical study.
How to Treat Vitamin B12 Deficiency When you are suffering from vitamin B12 deficiency, you must visit a doctor as early as possible for further treatment. They first ascertain the underlying cause and then start the treatment. For mild to moderate vitamin B12 deficiency, they prescribe oral supplements for the vitamin in order to reverse the deficiency. Initially, a high dosage supplement is given for one month in order to ensure faster recovery from the deficiency.
Later on, a lower dosage is recommended which may have to be continued for almost one year. Along with the supplement, it is equally important that you obtain at least 4 mcg of vitamin B12 from your dietary sources as well. For this reason, you have to increase the consumption of foods that are rich in vitamin B12. Those who are vegetarian should have more and more dairy products on a daily basis. Others should have chicken, meat, oyster, eggs, salt water fish, etc.
Most cases of vitamin B complex deficiency during pregnancy are resolved with the help of prenatal vitamins. However, if it is a serious case, then vitamin B12 deficiency treatment in pregnancy involves the use of vitamin B12 shots for some time. They are also known as hydroxocobalamin. The advantage of these intramuscular injections is that the vitamin enters directly into the bloodstream. Thus it can reduce the deficiency to a great extent within 6 weeks or so. Alternatively, vitamin B12 patches are available which can also give similar kind of results.
During the course of the treatment, you should avoid antacids as it can lower the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach which facilitate better absorption of vitamin B12 in the body. Moreover, you must stay away from alcohol as it tends to interfere with the absorption of B12 in the body, leading to vitamin B12 deficiency.
Finally, I would like to tell you that do not delay the vitamin B12 deficiency treatment. This is because it may lead to unnecessary health complications. You should also not start the treatment on your own with over the counter supplements. A heavy dosage of the vitamin supplements may cause toxicity of vitamin B12 which is harmful to your health.
Benifits Vitamin B12 Tips 1. Vitamin B12 are critical to the health of the nervous system and to a process that clears homocysteine from the blood. 2. Vitamin B12 is found naturally in food sources (principally animal products) in protein-bound forms. 3. Vitamin B12 deficiency can be a factor in a variety of different health conditions and disorders. 4. Vitamin B12 may help restrain pre-cancerous lung conditions in smokers. 5. Patients with Alzheimer’s show low levels of Vitamin B12.
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