The human body depends on vitamin B to make your DNA, red blood cells and nerves. But the body does not make this vitamin naturally. It must get this vitamin from other sources. Failure to do so could lead to innumerable health challenges and a lower enjoyment of life.
Common Signs of Vitamin B Deficiency
If you do not take in enough vitamin B on a daily basis, you will likely experience any number of the following signs of a vitamin B12 deficiency:
- Memory loss
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of senses (taste, smell, etc.)
- Fatigue and/or weakness
It is important to note that vitamin B deficiency can come on quickly. So whether you’ve been experiencing these symptoms for a while or the signs just started appearing, now is the time to seek help. Failure to act could lead to serious health conditions, including severe neurological conditions and psychiatric problems.
Are You at Risk?
Vitamin B is found only in animal-based food products, including eggs, milk, meat, fish, poultry, shellfish and cheese. So anyone who does not take in enough protein-based foods on a daily basis can find themselves short of the necessary nutrients found in B complex vitamins. This means vegetarians and vegans are at a high risk for vitamin B deficiency.
Even if you eat enough foods that contain B vitamins, you can still be at risk. This is due to several health conditions that can limit your body’s ability to break down and/or absorb the vitamin. This means you can still be at risk for vitamin B deficiency if you fall into any of these categories:
- Women going through menopause: The imbalance of hormones that kicks in during and after menopause can lead a vitamin B deficiency in many women.
- Sufferers of acid reflux: Individuals with chronic heartburn or acid reflux often take antacids or other medicine to limit the symptoms. But doing so cuts down the acid in your stomach. It is this acid that breaks down vitamin B, which then allows your body to absorb these essential proteins.
- Octogenarians: The older you get, the more likely you are to suffer from a vitamin B12 deficiency. This is due to the fact that your aging body has a more difficult time absorbing B vitamins.
- Individuals who had weight loss surgery: Losing part of your stomach or small intestine means losing part of your ability to break down and absorb vitamin B.
- Individuals with small intestine conditions: Individuals who have Crohn’s disease, celiac disease or other have a harder time absorbing the nutrients found in B complex vitamins.
- Individuals with immune system disorders: Sufferers of Graves’ disease and other immune system disorders also have a more difficult time absorbing down vitamin B.
Turn to Us for Targeted Vitamin B Deficiency Treatment
Here at Balance Hormone Center, our hormone imbalance doctors can evaluate your situation to determine if you are suffering from a vitamin B deficiency. We can then prescribe the right replacement therapy treatment to help you take control of your health and regain the balance you need.
If you are worried that you might be vitamin B deficient, turn to our team in Gilbert, Arizona. You can reach us online, call us at 480-718-9960 or you can schedule your appointment here.