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Are you struggling with the effects of vitamin B12 deficiency, or suspect you might be suffering with B12 deficiency?
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Here you’ll find everything you need to know about Vitamin B12 deficiency so you can make informed choices about your own health and understand how it’s affected by this very common condition.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is a really common, often debilitating condition that doesn’t discriminate. It is found in both men, women and children. It affects people from every country across the world, so access to current information on symptoms and steps to take if you think you’re affected is vital. And that’s what B12 deficiency info is all about. Creating awareness and understanding of the condition so you can use it to help you to gain a diagnosis and the best treatment available. Remember, correct and timely B12 treatment can mean reversal of all of your symptoms.
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If possible, please try not to supplement prior to testing, this can skew results and make a diagnosis more difficult.
Common problems that patients face...
- Failure of healthcare professionals to recognise the neurological and psychiatric symptoms of B12 deficiency.
- The name ‘Pernicious anaemia’ confuses doctors – many patients NEVER present with anaemia/macrocytosis – this is very late stage. NICE and BNF Guidelines still categorise B12 deficiency under anaemia, this needs to change.
- Poor Diagnostic tests and reference ranges of B12 serum test range set so low missing severely deficient patients.
- The misconception that B12 deficiency is rare and only affects women over 60. In fact it is very common affects all body systems, all ages and both sexes.
- B12 deficiency can effect a baby in the womb, infants and children. There should be no delay in diagnosis and treatment as symptoms in children may not be completely reversible.
- Lack of understanding of the many causes of B12 deficiency and those at risk leading to misdiagnoses.
- Harmful maintenance dosage guidelines which restrict the vast majority of UK patients to just 4 B12 injections per year. There is no clinical evidence held by the Marketing Authorisation Holders or NICE and BNF for the restricted treatment regime for UK patients, this is based upon cost saving GP Audits and not care for the patient.
- The misconception that B12 injections are a placebo and that too much is toxic and yet it has been in safe use for over 60 years. B12 is a water soluble vitamin and any excess is excreted quickly via the bladder and bowel.
- Reliance on flawed B12 serum test results rather than symptoms can lead to permanent damage. The serum test may be recording as much as 80% inactive B12 in the body which is unusable.
- Incorrect treatment of neurological symptoms with oral B12 instead of vital B12 injections leads to irreversible damage.
- Lack of understanding of the genetic, transport and methylation defects affecting B12 absorption and metabolisation.
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