Vitamin B12 deficiency: Feel that? Disturbing case report highlights the ‘burning’ sign


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Vitamin B12 is used by the body for several purposes. These include helping to produce red blood cells, keep the nervous system healthy, release energy from food, and to use folate. If someone is low in vitamin B12 the develop a deficiency. While this is treatable, if left untreated it can cause serious complications.

Patients can experience long term issues such as vision problems, memory loss, and infertility for example.

A lack of B12 can also increase the risk of stomach cancer.

The NHS say this will occur if the cause of the deficiency is the autoimmune condition pernicious anaemia.

It is for this reason it is essential to know the symptoms and to get checked as soon as possible; as with cancer, speed is of the essence.


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