Fatigue, B-12 Deficiency & Pernicious Anemia

How is fatigue linked to vitamin B-12 deficiency?  Well, the answer is pretty straightforward:

  • The body requires vitamin B-12 in order to produce red blood cells.
  • Red blood cells carry energy (oxygen) throughout the body.
  • If the body lacks vitamin B-12 for whatever reason, it makes fewer red blood cells and the ones it does make are abnormal – they can’t transport energy nearly as efficiently. Continue reading

Weight Loss Surgery & Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

Weight loss (bariatric) surgery frequently leads to vitamin B12 deficiency, as surgery can result in the gut no longer producing intrinsic factor. Intrinsic factor (IF) is needed if the body is to absorb B12 successfully into the bloodstream.

There are many types of weight loss surgery that can result in chronic vitamin B12 deficiency: Continue reading

Other Medical Issues Often Accompanied By Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

Many diseases and medical conditions can either cause or have roots in vitamin B-12 deficiency.  Many of these issues relate to an inability to properly absorb vitamin B12 in the gut (which is a surprisingly complex three stage process).  Here’s a quick list: Continue reading

Vitamin B-12 Deficiency Symptoms

Not all of these symptoms need to be present for a diagnosis of vitamin B-12 deficiency – in fact, many people only have two or three.  If you suspect you have vitamin B-12 deficiency, ask your doctor for a blood and urine test – blood levels may not be accurate in all cases. Continue reading

Fatigued? Low Energy? Vitamin B-12 Can Help!

Everyone experiences low energy days or muscle fatigue from time to time… but some people find themselves feeling tired and fatigued regularly without working hard physically or being under stress.  This tiredness is a primary symptom of vitamin B-12 deficiency, which is far more common than previously thought even amongst young adults.  Modern diets, stress levels and digestive issues have all combined to make B-12 deficiency (and thus fatigue) a real concern for the average person. Continue reading