B12 Deficiency (High & Low)

 

A1A178E6-5AD7-4B29-98FC-AC8247E70FFF 2.jpegFor years, I have always had a Vitamin B12 Deficiency. It would always fluctuate, some blood tests it would show that it is too high and other times it would show too low.

So I will create a brief post on what will happen in both cases

We will start out with what happens when it is too high. There aren’t much studies that are concrete on the deficiency. However, there are some leads as to what can happen.

A high dose of the B12 can lead to outbreaks of acne especially on the face (also rosacea).

What is rosacea? Skin condition that causes redness and pus-filled bumps on the face.

Other studies believe that high doses can cause more damage to those who already have issues (Diabetes and Kidney Disease).

There has been another study, that those who had high levels while pregnant had a chance to carry someone with autism.

Now my main focus of this post was not for the high levels. Instead it was for the lower levels.

While I have had a few occasions where my tests showed high B12. Most of them came out as low.

Low B12 is far more critical then high.

Some symptoms if you have a B12 Deficiency;

  • Pale or Jaundiced Skin. B12 is essential to have a proper production of red blood cells.
  • Weakness and Fatigue. If you don’t have enough B12. The oxygen will not go through the body. It will cause Fatigue. (It can also be related to Anemia)
  • Sensations of Pins and Needles. If there is a lack of B12, your nervous system also malfunctions. This means there will be pins and needles feeling. Which could be in ones hands, feet and even the spine.
  • Changes to Mobility. One could have lack of coordination or balance. Typically prone to falling.
  • Inflamed Tongue and Mouth Ulcers.
  • Breathlessness and Dizziness.
  • Disturbed Vision, Optic neuropathy.
  • Mood Changes
  • High Temperature (Rare Symptom).

B12 is found in food, mostly meats, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy. (Also some plant-based milk and bread). It depends if you have a nutritional plan and how your body absorbs the nutrients.

There can be some other issues that causes a deficiency. This is why someone needs to get blood tests regularly.

 

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