Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
What is Vitamin B12?
B12 is the largest and most complex of all of the vitamins.
How common is B12 deficiency?
B12 deficiency is estimated to affect 10 -15% of individuals over the age of 60.
What causes deficiency?
Typically deficiency is caused by the inability to absorb B12 from food. Vegetarians also commonly experience deficiency as B12 is found in meat, poultry, fish and milk.
Proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole, lansoprazole etc.) are medications inhibit acid production in the stomach. These medications decrease the release of B12 from food and can lead to deficiency.
How do I know if I have enough B12?
If you are experiencing symptoms of deficiency or you are over the age of 60, you should ask your doctor to check your B 12 level.
What happens when B12 is depleted?
Symptoms of B12 deficiency include numbness or tingling of the legs, memory loss, disorientation, mood changes and dementia. Other symptoms include sore tongue, appetite loss and constipation.
If my B12 is potentially depleted what should I do?
Speak with your pharmacist regarding Vitamin B12 supplementation. Your pharmacist can help select the right dose for you!
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