10 Signs of B12 Deficiency in Women

10 Signs of B12 Deficiency in Women Did you know that a woman’s ability to absorb
the vitamin B12 gradually decreases with age? In fact, research from the American Journal
of Clinical Nutrition claims that 4-percent of females between the ages of 40 to 60-years
old suffer from a B12 deficiency. Combine age with certain prescription medications
(i.e., for heartburn) and a lack of meat in your diet (i.e., especially for vegetarians
or vegans) and you could find yourself sorely lacking vitamin B12. Thankfully, there are a number of steps that
you can take to deal with a diagnosed vitamin B12 deficiency. The following symptoms can indicate a B12
deficiency and should be brought to your doctor’s immediate attention… 1. Dizziness Frequent bouts of dizziness or vertigo can
often be a signal that your B12 stores are low. For instance, you may experience a feeling
of wobbles when you get up too fast from a sitting position. Most often, people will notice the onset of
dizziness suddenly when either changing positions from sitting to standing or after a right
after you have experienced a significant amount of physical activity. Those low in B12 may also feel dizzy when
they walk up or down stairs, which can be quite dangerous. Chronic bouts of vertigo should be brought
to your doctor’s attention so they can test you for B12 deficiency. 2. Pins and Needles It’s very common to experience pins and
needles if you sit cross-legged for far too long. However, pins and needles (or the feeling
of numbness) throughout the body when you haven’t compressed any part of your body,
can indicate a B12 issue. Numbness or the feeling of electric shock
waves can be the result of nerve damage in B12 deficient patients. Nerve issues in the body can be traced back
to low oxygen levels, due to poor red blood cell production, which the B12 vitamin largely
affects. The uncomfortable feeling of pins and needles
could also be related to a number of other potential issues including reduced blood supply
or dehydration. 3. Pale Complexion Sure, the idea of vampires may seem irrational. However, the concept that vampires are pale
while suffering with a craving for blood sort of makes sense. After all, creatures of the night lack the
vitamin B12. Those with B12 deficiency often cast a pale
complexion due to a lack of red blood cells. And those lacking in red blood cells often
become ghostly in hue because the release excess bilirubin, which zaps those rosy cheeks
and leaves behind a pale, yellow visage. 4. Forgetfulness Sure, we all have “brain farts,” which
is what I often refer to when I frantically look for my glasses even though their perched
on top of my head. Let’s face it – we have all been there! However, chronic and uncharacteristic forgetfulness
may indicate a deeper medical issue, particularly if you are noticing an increased trend of
forgetfulness that you are beginning to become concerned about. Many patients suffering from B12 deficiency
even jump to the conclusion that they have early onset dementia or Alzheimer’s, especially
if you are in your senior years. The good news here is that a simple blood
test from your doctor can diagnose B12 deficiency, and a supplemental regimen can have your sharp-memory
back in focus in no time! 5. Unexplained Fatigue A night of good sleep followed by a day of
yawns and dragging your feet can be common for many. However, if that fatigue is felt for days—even
though you regularly get a good night’s sleep—your fatigue (combined with other
already mentioned symptoms) may be the result of a B12 deficiency. Researchers from the Academy of Nutrition
and Dietetics claim that those who feel zapped of energy even though they get plenty of zzzzzzzzs
may be experiencing low B12 levels. This is due to lack of red blood cell production,
which is one of B12s responsibilities. Lack of red blood cells means oxygen transport
to your organs is lacking, which is what can cause extreme fatigue. 6. Vision Issues No, there isn’t something in your eye causing
the spotting, blurred and double vision. In fact, low B12 stores over the long term
can lead to vision changes and actually damage vision. Retinal damage can result if blood vessels
in the eye become blocked. As a result you may experience light sensitivity,
blurred or double vision, tracers or shadows, which all result from damage to the optic
nerve. Luckily, B12 supplementation can restore full
vision. 7. Muscle Weakness If you go from bench pressing 100-pounds to
struggling with picking up your laundry, you may be suffering a lack of B12 vitamin. B12 is relied on for oxygenation of organs…
and muscles. As a result of lack of vitamin B12 and insufficient
oxygenation to muscles, sluggishness and uncharacteristic muscle weakness may result. Suddenly an individual who could carry 5 bags
of groceries for 4 blocks will struggle if their purse or gym bag is too heavy. If you feel the onset of sudden weakness from
time to time and aren’t suffering from a flu or cold, it is probably a good idea to
speak to your doctor and to ask if your B12 levels could be a potential cause. 8. A Smooth Tongue Interestingly, 50% of people who have a B-12
deficiency lose the little bumps on their tongue! These little bumps – called papillae, contain
taste buds. Oftentimes, for those suffering from a B-12
deficiency, food will seem to have lost its taste. For women, many have been known to lose weight
because they don’t enjoy the food they are eating and eat less as a result. 9. Mood Changes Vitamin B-12 is very important to mental health
and may affect an individual’s mood in the state of a deficiency, causing anxiety or
even depression. The reason being is that B-12 is required
in the production of the “feel good” chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine which keeps
our brain functioning properly. Without enough serotonin and dopamine, depression
may occur. Additionally, B-12 deficiencies are known
to reduce the amount of oxygen available for the neurons in the brain. If there isn’t a sufficient amount of oxygen
in the brain, the neurons won’t be able to transmit signals through your body properly
which may result in mood changes or depression. 10. Stomach Discomfort/Infrequent Bowl Movements Having an upset stomach or constipation issues,
may not be the result of something you ate. Vitamin B-12 is important for the function
of red blood cells and assists in the production of hemoglobin which carries oxygen in the
blood. With a deficiency, this could lead to pernicious
anemia in which your blood isn’t able to carry oxygen to your tissues, causing symptoms
of nausea, diarrhea or difficult bowel movements.

50 Replies to “10 Signs of B12 Deficiency in Women

  1. The problem is a blood test is not accurate! We cannot depend on them!! My b12 was high last year and it turns out I am b12 deficient! My naturopath figured it out based on my symptoms, my tongue, etc. We rely too much on these blood tests, I am also deficient in many minerals, all of which did not show up as deficient on blood tests!! Use common sense people and find a naturopath that has some.

  2. I have been b12 deficient that I know of for 2 years. I have been vegan for 5 years. I had to inject daily for two years as my deficiency was so bad. Now only weekly. I get mine at www.vitaminb12online.com they have great service and all three kinds of b12. B12 Deficiency is really something you dont want to mess with.

  3. I have burning feeling in my foot and legs I m taking methecobal and my burning feeling go away and my blood is low

  4. The Three Starvations. #3Starvations for reprobates

    1. #Protein Starvation
    2. Vitamin B – #vitaminB6 complex Starvation
    3. Mineral Starvation

    p.22 http://astore.amazon.com/worofjes-20/detail/B000U30I8G.
    Read p.22 – 35 (in my Miracle Foods album)

    #3deaths – Admonish the ignorant

    1. Death to Ignorance/Arrogance (spirit), nihilism
    2. Death to Stupidity/Delinquency (mind), atheism
    3. Death to Gluttony/Greed (body, materialism)

  5. So , last year I had my B12 tested for fatigue and many other symptoms doctor said it was 2000. I was already taken B 12 under the tongue, he told me to stop and it would go down on it’s own. But he didn’t say there was a need for any further evaluation well stupid me didn’t think about finding another doctor to retest and now the symptoms are so severe it’s affected my ability to walk, also causing hair loss, balance problems , muscle twitches ,sleep problems you name it. So went to a rheumatologist had bloodwork for everything it all came back normal except for my MVC ,The size of my red blood cells are to large so now this doctor is testing my B 12 again and folic acid. I do not have those results yet so I’m guessing you could have high B12 and still be considered deficient since the body is not supposed to store B 12??? My memory is so bad that I can drive somewhere 50 times and forget how to get there , and this has increasingly gotten worse as well. Ugh!

  6. I have every single one of these symptoms..I thought it was anxiety and the meds I take. It could be anything but I feel like Im dying everyday..

  7. I do have sore tongue for past six year it come and go same time but recently it coming frequently and I'm having pins in my hands, feet, muscle cramps, body heaviness and joint pain I don't know if is vitamin b12

  8. ZZZZZZzzz I thought the video was stuck. I enjoy learning but don't like the automated voices. I couldn't listen to the whole video.

  9. two years ago i was in emergency room twice and urgent care once all in one week …they contributed it to a migraine and dehydration..im going thruogh it again,,taking b 12 but going to dr to get checked..my Dr never touched on it nor did the hospitals..i had several tests done twice a fallow up six months after my episodes

  10. Very clear presentation. You make a good instructor/professor.Reminds me of my college days in nursing school. More power & blessings to you.

  11. This is a better than usual robotic voice. Btw, B-12 deficiency in some cases led to schizophrenic events for some patients.

  12. Omg I have all of these symptoms
    And I don't eat any red meat
    Immediately I am going to my doctor for the B 12 test

    Thank you so much for this informative video

  13. I was B-12 deficient many years ago so changed my diet to correct it long term. I took a sublingual supplement for 6 months, too. I'm 60 & symptoms have returned so I'll be seeing my doctor asap.

  14. Good video did smile when zzzzzz I knew it was expression sleeping maybe next time do video with robotic mode use word sleep did sound like a stuck record with zzzzzz 😂 Robotic speaking doesn’t do long tones to words it kinda short tone sounding maybe we should should teach robots the long tone syllables too 😊

  15. Goodness ! I went to a new GP this week and started Neo B12 Intramuscular injections today after 35 years HRT and I seriously relate to ALL 10 of these symptoms that all my previous Gps missed ! Something so simple yet so Serious ! A wake up call for sure

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