A B-12 deficiency can be permanently damaging. The good news is that it isn’t that hard to avoid if you pay attention.
Tip: Just because your B-12 lab results start out good, doesn’t mean that they’ll stay good. It can take as long as a year of low intake to show up in your lab results. Get your labs done as recommended, at least annually, and take your B-12 to prevent permanent nerve damage.
Always consult your doctor if you think you have a B-12 deficiency or are at a higher risk for deficiency. And remember, there’s an easy fix: taking Vitamin B-12 everyday can help safeguard against risk and help prevent negative effects of a deficiency. OPURITY® Vitamins has always used methylcobalamin which has advantages vs other options.
For most bariatric patients, if your labs are good, OPURITY® Bariatric Multis provide excellent levels of B-12. No need to add more B-12 to your diet unless advised by medical professional (e.g. if your lab results are low).
So how do you know if you are at a higher risk of a B-12 deficiency?
Who is at increased risk:
- Older individuals
- Some autoimmune disorders
- Crohn’s disease
- Gastric bypass or gastric sleeve
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Strict vegans
- Poor eating habits
- Use of PPI’s such as Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid
Common Symptoms of Vitamin B-12 Deficiency
There are three categories of symptoms (and problems) with B-12 deficiency: Neurological (nerve-related), digestive tract, blood-related. Most common, and perhaps most worrisome, are the nerve problems.
Neurological complications are present in 75-90 percent of individuals with clinically observable B-12 deficiency.
Vitamin B12 deficiency may lead to nerve damage which can sometimes be irreversible.
- tingling and numbness in your hands and feet
- muscle weakness
- loss of reflexes
- unsteadiness, loss of balance, trouble walking
Severe cases can have:
- memory loss
Digestive tract effects:
- nausea (feeling sick to your stomach)
- abdominal bloating and gas,
- constipation or diarrhea,
- loss of appetite, and
- weight loss.
- an enlarged liver
Finally, B-12 deficiency can cause hematological (blood-related) problems:
- shortness of breath
- palpitations (feeling that the heart is beating either too hard or too fast, or skipping a beat, or fluttering
That’s a long list of symptoms and many of them can be caused by other deficiencies and diseases, so you cannot assume that a B-12 deficiency is the cause. Always consult your doctor.
The good news with Vitamin B-12 is that no negative effects have been linked to taking higher doses of B-12. So OPURITY Vitamin B-12 Plus Folic Acid gives you a safe, but high-level dose, and all varieties of OPURITY® Bariatric Multis are excellent sources of B-12 as well.