Aging and Vitamin B12 Deficiency

As we age, our ability to absorb Vitamin B12 starts to decline. Not getting enough of this essential vitamin can lead to a deficiency, which can cause neurological problems such as memory loss and confusion. However, you can help resolve your deficiency with diet, IV drip therapy, and more. Read on to learn more about this deficiency.

What Is Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Vitamin B12 helps our bodies make red blood cells, as well as maintain a healthy nervous system. Without enough Vitamin B12, a person may experience neurological problems such as confusion and memory loss. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 20% of adults in the U.S. and the U.K. have a vitamin B12 deficiency.

What Are the Main Signs of Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

The most common symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency are tiredness, difficulty concentrating, and a lack of energy. Some other signs to look out for are tingling in the arms and legs, pale skin, shortness of breath, an irregular heartbeat, and difficulty walking.

Who Is at Risk of Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Vitamin B12 deficiency is most commonly seen in elderly people, as the body's ability to absorb Vitamin B12 naturally decreases with age. People who follow vegan or vegetarian diets are also at risk, as this essential vitamin is found naturally in animal-based products. People who have had gastric bypass surgery, Crohn's disease, and any other digestive disorder are also more prone to developing a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Why Does Vitamin B12 Decrease With Age?

Aging is a common cause of vitamin B12 deficiency because as we age, our bodies produce less stomach acid. As a result, the intrinsic factor that helps us absorb Vitamin B12 is reduced, making it more difficult for us to absorb the vitamin.

How Is Vitamin B12 Deficiency Treated?

If you are experiencing symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, you can take advantage of treatment options such as IV drip therapy. IV drip therapy involves an infusion of vitamin B12 directly into the bloodstream, allowing for faster absorption and greater effectiveness. Other treatments may include oral supplements or intramuscular injections.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is a common problem that can occur as we age. Taking steps to ensure you're getting enough of this essential vitamin is important for your overall health and well-being. If you suspect you may have a vitamin B12 deficiency, contact Keystone Medical Wellness to learn more about IV drip therapy.

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