How can I tell if I need a vitamin B12 shot?



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    There are about 51 symptoms for vitamin B12 deficiency, which can be very serious. It can affect the nervous system, cause a form of anemia, enlarge the liver, and even lead to dementia. Some symptoms sound similar to many other problems, even a common cold, such as dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and chest pains. But others can be telling, such as if your fingers and/or toes go numb, you experience heart palpitations, difficulty breathing, weight loss, heart burn, vomiting, unsteadiness, confusion, and even memory loss. If you have ever had surgery removing part of the stomach the most common cause of B12 deficiency can result from this because it may remove “intrinsic factor,” a stomach protein. If you do not eat enough dairy or meat such as a vegan you are also at a higher risk and should take care to take B12 supplements. 

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    As comitar answered above, B12 deficiency is serious and harmful to the body. However, increasing your B12 level does not necessarily need to be done through an injection, even for vegetarians. There are oral B12 supplements that are easy to find at a drug store. There are also fortified foods, for example cereal, that can provide B12 for your body. Natural yeast as well has a good amount of B12 and is simple added to your meals throughout the day. 

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