4% of women between the ages of 40-60 suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency. Particularly at risk are elderly people and vegans who do not eat animal products.
After the age of 40, a woman needs vitamin B12 for:
- prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, rickets and more.
- for the protection of the mucous membranes, for example, in stomatitis
- to combat pallor, dryness, skin peeling, to prevent the appearance of age spots
- to stay in shape.
Here are 15 key signs that a woman suffers from vitamin B12 deficiency:
In one study, researchers found that those who, in consultation with a doctor, complain of dizziness have levels of Vitamin B12 that are 40% lower than those of healthy people.
2. Tingling and numbness in the extremities
It occurs because of low oxygen levels in the blood. You may feel as if an electrical charge is moving from head to toe.
3. The pallor of the skin
The lack of vitamin B12 causes the destruction of some red blood cells. Therefore, the bile pigment bilirubin is released, which gives the skin a paler complexion.
4. Memory impairment
Can’t remember the name of a person you know for a long time? Forgetting is one of the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.
5. Constant fatigue
Vitamin B12 promotes the formation of red blood cells that are responsible for delivering oxygen to the cells. If there is not enough oxygen, you begin to feel tired even when you are sleeping well.
6. Vision problems
In rare cases, vitamin B12 deficiency adversely affects the optic nerve and retinal vessels. You may experience the effects of double vision, shadow, blur or even temporary blindness.
7. Muscle weakness
Lack of vitamin B12 causes not only general fatigue but also muscle weakness, lethargy, and laziness.
8. Loss of taste
In about 50% of people with vitamin B12 deficiency, the number of taste receptors in the tongue decreases, especially from the side. Many complain of burning and discomfort on the sides of the tongue. Therefore, the food does not look as tasty to women as it used to.
9. Frequent change of mood
Lack of vitamin B12 can worsen depression, increase anxiety and cause tears. It is involved in the production of serotonin and dopamine – the so-called happiness hormones.
10. Inexplicable addiction to odors
It occurs due to lack of oxygen in the blood, which leads to anemia.
11. Heart problems
When vitamin B12 is deficient, due to the rapid reduction of circulating red blood cells, the amount of oxygen in the tissues decreases. Supply of oxygen under such conditions occurs at the expense of an increase in cardiac activity. As a result, tachycardia occurs, blood pressure decreases, etc.
12. Shortness of breath
A consequence of the anemia that occurs with B12 deficiency. The lack of red blood cells and hemoglobin impedes oxygen delivery to the tissues. The lungs have to work hard to meet the needs of the body of oxygen. This causes shortness of breath.
13. Lack of coordination
Unnoticed B12 deficiency causes damage to the nervous system. Over time, there is a violation of the motor function. This symptom is particularly common in the elderly and vegetarians.
14. Increased temperature
In rare cases, vitamin B12 deficiency can be accompanied by fever. It is not entirely clear why this is happening.
15. Nail and hair problems
Hair loses its shine, becomes thinner, easily combed, thinned and turned gray early. Nails become thin, matt, easily peeled and broken, stripes appear on them.
If you notice at least some of these symptoms, be sure to consult your doctor and take a vitamin B12 test. And be healthy!