Vitamin b12 deficiency in vegetarians:
Vitamin B12 is an extremely important vitamin which plays a vital role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and also in the formation of blood. Some of the top sources of Vitamin b12 are as follows: – Shellfish, ,fish,crustaceans,milk,cheese,eggs . There are no significant vegetable sources of vitamin b12. This is why in the city of Mumbai a large number of people are b12 deficient and have various symptoms. Some of the people who are more susceptible to this deficiency apart from vegetarians are as follows: –
People who regularly consume antacids
Diabetics on Metformin since it reduces the absorption.
B12 deficiency can lead to fatigue , anemia,tingling in fingers and toes , forgetfulness, confusion,tremors and depression.
These symptoms are very common in other illnesses and are only seen in the later stages of B12 deficiency. So people at risk for B12 deficiency need to monitor their Serum Vitamin B12 levels and if needed take appropriate supplements.
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