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    Posted: 03/Sep/2009 at 8:06pm

VITAMIN  B12  DEFICIENCY

I AM PUTTING THIS ARTICLE BECAUSE RECENTLY ONE OF MY FRIENDS TESTED 32 DOCTORS WITH VITAMIN B12 DEFICIENCY IN HIS LAB. THINK ABOUT MANY OF US WHO MIGHT BE HAVING THIS DEFICIENCY.

THIS ARTICLE IS NOT MEANT TO CREATE FEAR AMONGST READERS. THIS IS JUST FOR INFORMATION WHICH I WISH SHOULD BE SHARED. NON VEG CONSUMERS USUALLY DO NOT HAVE THIS PROBLEM UNLESS THEY HAVE PROBLEM OF ABSORPTION.

 

B12 deficiency is a reduction in vitamin B12 from inadequate dietary intake or impaired absorption

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Early and even fairly pronounced deficiency does not always cause distinct or specific symptoms. Common early symptoms are tiredness or a decreased mental work capacity, decreased concentration and decreased memory, irritability and depression.  Sometimes it causes aches and pains in the body.

All the above symptoms are often neglected as tiredness or overwork or psychological problems (esp in cases of women)  Pronounced deficiency of the vitamin can often lead to problems of neurological origin like tingling and numbness, difficulty in walking (ataxic gait), paralysis.

Sleep disturbances may occur, because B12 may be involved in the regulation of the sleep wake cycle

SOURCES OF B12.

Vitamin B12 is found in foods that come from animals, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products and fortified breakfast cereals. It is also made by yeasts and microorganisms in the intestine.

                      

CAUSES OF DEFICIENCY

DIETARY DEFICIENCY

Inadequate dietary intake of vitamin B12. As the vitamin B12 occurs naturally only in animal products (eggs, meat, milk); a vegan diet can produce a deficiency unless one uses supplements or eats enriched food. Amongst vegetarian foods, only milk contains vitamin B12.

And I have frequently observed that people usually do not take sufficient amount of milk or even do not consume it at all.

Impaired absorption of   B12 occurs in conditions like pernicious anemia wherein the individual is predisposed . Here one will required lifelong replacement treatment of injections of B12.

NOWADAYS DOCTORS ARE SEEING A LOT OF B12 DEFICIENCY IN PATIENTS REASONS FOR WHICH COULD BE

1.       BETTER DIAGNOSTIC FACILITIES

2.       ONE THEORY PUT  FORWARD IS THAT DUE TO PRESENCE OF WATER PURIFIERS IN ALMOST ALL OUR HOMES, WE DO NOT GET CONTAMINATED WATER WHICH CONTAINS BACTERIA WHICH SYNTHESIZES B12 IN INTESTINE.

3.       POOR DIETARY HABITS----JUNK FOOD ETC, MAYBE EVEN QUALITY OF MILK (like quality of promoters) IS SUSPECT

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

SERUM VITAMIN B12 LEVEL ESTIMATION CAN BE DONE WHICH PROVIDES CLUE TO THE DEFICIENCY-----THE TEST COSTS AROUND 500-800 Rs

GIVING AN INJECTION COSTING 10-20 Rs AND IMPROVEMENT IN SYMPTOMS IS A LESS COSTLY AND PRACTICAL APPROACH. INJECTIONS ARE OF METHYL COBALAMIN AND ARE AVAILABLE AS BRANDS LIKE NUROKIND, HOSIT, NEUROMET ETC. THESE ARE WATER BASED AND RELATIVELY PAINLESS.

OTHER INJECTIONS LIKE VITCOFOL, ELDERVIT ETC CONTAIN OTHER VITAMINS BESIDES VIT B12.  SOME OF THESE ARE OIL BASED AND SOMEWHAT PAINFUL BUT USUALLY MORE EFFECTIVE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN A COMBINATION OF VITAMINS BESIDES B12.

LIVER STORES VITAMIN B12 AND EFFECT OF INJECTION LASTS FOR 1-2 WEEKS TO 1 MONTH DEPENDING UPON TYPE OF INJECTION AND INDIVIDUAL VARIATION.

ORAL TABLETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE THOUGH INITIALLY INJECTIONS ARE PREFERRED.

 

 

 

 

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Quote lisaray Replybullet Posted: 19/May/2012 at 1:25am
Health update y'all

I got my results today from the docs. Guess what followers?

IíM PERFECTLY f**kING HEALTHY - aside from a B12 condition (aneamia) which is the reason Iíve been ill for like 6 weeks and looking like crap and having terrible cramps/ovary trouble and no periods/heavy as hell periods.

Yup.

Blood pressure - fine

BMI - morbidly obese

Diabetes - none

Weight - fat as ever

Ovaries - still hatiní on me but NO CYSTS!

The funniest thing about this is my mother and father will be f**king gutted that they have no underlying illness to pin me being fat on and all that bullshit about worrying about my health neednít be done because I am HEALTHY AND FAT.

Iím still eating healthy to make me feel better and get my immune system strong again :-) I have another doctor appointment on the 18th for my B12 deficiency.b12 vitamin deficiency
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Quote nazgul Replybullet Posted: 19/May/2012 at 1:52am
thanks hitesh.
most of all the symptoms you have outlined am afraid to say i have. Sleep imbalance cycle is acute with me. Its 1:16 right now at night and i cant find sleep way till 3. I do find lethargy in my legs and i do feel like overworked and exhausted after some amount of time. Concentration is not a problem but yes i think sometimes i do sense the waxing waning periods.
However i am a regular non-vegetarian but i smoke as well. all themilk i get is when i drink tea, nothign beyond that. Can i also presume that vitamin defeciency is the casue. have been smoking for last 8-9 years now. I also suspected a deficiency of B12 and Vit-C. Taking becosule forte capsules once a day now since the last 3 days. Hope it helps me. Also please od let me know if Zydus Actilife can be made a regular supplement, one glass a day with milk. Would it help to have a active life trouble free of normal psychological conditions like the ones you mentioned.
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Quote ambore Replybullet Posted: 19/May/2012 at 10:25am
Originally posted by nazgul

thanks hitesh.
Sleep imbalance cycle is acute with me. Its 1:16 right now at night and i cant find sleep way till 3.


I started doing Pranayama before going to bed. That solved my sleep issues. I have been taking two glasses of butter milk for indigestion for the last three years. I think I am in far better health now.


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Quote nazgul Replybullet Posted: 19/May/2012 at 11:26am
thanks ambore for the suggestions.

Will give Pranayamaa try for a week or so. 
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Quote hit2710 Replybullet Posted: 20/May/2012 at 7:10pm
Originally posted by nazgul

I also suspected a deficiency of B12 and Vit-C. Taking becosule forte capsules once a day now since the last 3 days. Hope it helps me. Also please od let me know if Zydus Actilife can be made a regular supplement, one glass a day with milk. Would it help to have a active life trouble free of normal psychological conditions like the ones you mentioned.


If you suspect B12 deficiency, then becosules might not help much. You need to take pure vitamin B12 preparation preferably injections of hosit or neuromet initially followed by tablets of same name. Injections initially need to be taken on alternate days for around 4-6 doses followed by weekly for another 1-2 months and then once a month for next 6-12 months. Plus diet should include milk or else chicken,mutton and eggs.

Actilife is supposedly good for digestion and constipation problems.

If possible give up smoking. Believe me its a killer habit. Wont kill you but cripple you in next few years. Lots of hazards with smoking. It could be the best investment you could make.
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Quote Ravenrage Replybullet Posted: 20/May/2012 at 8:31pm
Originally posted by hit2710

Originally posted by nazgul

I also suspected a deficiency of B12 and Vit-C. Taking becosule forte capsules once a day now since the last 3 days. Hope it helps me. Also please od let me know if Zydus Actilife can be made a regular supplement, one glass a day with milk. Would it help to have a active life trouble free of normal psychological conditions like the ones you mentioned.


If you suspect B12 deficiency, then becosules might not help much. You need to take pure vitamin B12 preparation preferably injections of hosit or neuromet initially followed by tablets of same name. Injections initially need to be taken on alternate days for around 4-6 doses followed by weekly for another 1-2 months and then once a month for next 6-12 months. Plus diet should include milk or else chicken,mutton and eggs.

Actilife is supposedly good for digestion and constipation problems.

If possible give up smoking. Believe me its a killer habit. Wont kill you but cripple you in next few years. Lots of hazards with smoking. It could be the best investment you could make.


Any way you know to get rid of that killer habit ?
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Quote coolcarney Replybullet Posted: 20/May/2012 at 9:47pm
There are many eg. Nicotine patch. However, the very root cause, like most other things, lies in the mind.
Originally posted by Ravenrage

Any way you know to get rid of that killer habit ?
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