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