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Are You At Risk For Vitamin B12 Deficiency


People with abnormal immune response or immunosuppressive disorders like HIV

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									                Are You at Risk for Vitamin B12 Deficiency?
Many people are at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency and they do not even realize
it. Women in their menstrual years, vegetarians, vegans, alcoholics, anemic and those
with immunosuppressive disorders tend to be deficient in vitamin B-12. Deficiency may
also be caused by poor absorption of B-12 in the digestive track. This is particularly a
problem for the elderly and people with eating disorders. Although easily tested for via
blood, vitamin B-12 deficiency often goes undiagnosed until a person begins to exhibit
signs of more extreme symptoms.
The body is not able to store large amounts of vitamin B12 because it is water-soluble
like all B vitamins. The body must therefore be supplied with a consistent and high
quality     source     of    B-12    through     the     foods    eaten    or   through
supplementation. Supplementation is almost always needed because most of us have
poor diets and thus, are not getting enough B vitamins, particularly B-12.
Vitamin B12 deficiency causes symptoms like tingling, tremors, nerve pain, dementia,
brain fog, mental illness, and difficulty walking. It can also cause developmental
disabilities or autistic-like symptoms in children. Vitamin B12 deficiency may be
misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s, diabetic neuropathy, depression, vertigo and mini-
strokes. Hundreds of clinical studies report that vitamin B12 deficiency occurs in up to
15% of the elderly—approximately 5.4 million American seniors. Other studies show the
prevalence to be 15% to 25% of seniors.
These numbers only relate to persons 65 and older and do not
include the vast numbers of Americans under the age of 65—infants,
children, teens, young and middle-aged adults—who become
vitamin B12 deficient for a variety of reasons. Treating vitamin B12
deficiency is relatively inexpensive. It costs only a few dollars a
month to buy the right foods or supplements and symptoms are
often completely reversible if people receive early treatment.
Those most at risk for Vitamin B12 deficiency include:
• The elderly
• Vegetarians and vegans
• Menstruating women
• Gastric bypass patients

                                     Vitamin B12
               Are You at Risk for Vitamin B12 Deficiency?
•   People who use antacids, heartburn medications and GERD drugs like H-2 Blockers
    (Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid, etc), and proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec, Prevacid,
    Nexium, etc.)
• People who are anemic or have bleeding disorders
• People with digestive issues including pernicious anemia
• People with abnormal neurological function
• People with abnormal immune response or immunosuppressive disorders like HIV
• People with a history of alcoholism
• People with celiac disease
• People with Crohn’s disease
• People taking metformin
You can get the vitamin B12 your body needs through a daily diet that includes some
seafood, liver and beef. Preventics Health also offers affordable premium B12
supplement formulas such BiomaxX Vitamin B12 Sublingual Spray.

                                 Preventics Health

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