Elderly People May Have Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Not Mental Deterioration

by Malathi Raman on  October 23, 2006 at 5:54 PM Diet & Nutrition News
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Elderly People May Have Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Not Mental Deterioration
It has been discovered that symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency manifest themselves as depression, sleeplessness, numbness, pins and needles and other nervous disorders, which are taken as signs of mental decline. In elderly people these problems are often mistaken for Alzheimer's disease.

Vegetarians are particularly at risk of developing the deficiency, as the vitamin is found in meat products. They must ensure that they take a supplement. The deficiency can also occur due to the inabilty of the body to absorb the vitamin, which can lead to severe anemia, insomnia and signs of nervousness.

A large study determined that 61% of elderly people who were affected made a full recovery after they were given the supplements. The 39% who did not respond had brain damage due to the undiagnosed deficiency over a long period.

The most easily absorbed and active form of vitamin B12 is methylcobalamin which is recommended for sufferers of sleep-wake disorder.It has a positive effect on the quality of sleep and mood.

As the symptoms are not easily apparent as deficiency, it is advised that the diet contains adequate amount of the vitamin in some form.

Source: Medindia

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guest Thursday, April 12, 2007

I am a 28 yrs old male,I went to the doctor and was telling him I just dont feel like the same guy, tired out of breath, just down, for three month back and forth finally did blood test and my b12 leval was 42, he said i have pernicious anemia, with no family history disease, no stomach surgary, I wanna do a test called schilling to find out the truth, i am thankful that i found out what is happening to me, I just wish todays doctors pay more attention to b12 levals and the people most important..

guest Sunday, December 17, 2006

I have been studying B12 deficiency and autoimmune pernicious anemia for 20 years. Out of frustration and frequent misdiagnosis of patients I cared for, I wrote a book titled, "Could It Be B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses," Quill Driver Books, 2005--for the public, health care professionals and the medical community. It is outrageous there is such a knowledge deficit regarding B12 deficiency, and people are being injured and disabled because of poor education.

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