Vitamin B12 deficiency: Three serious warning signs you have long-term B12 deficiency

According to the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research, prolonged vitamin B12 deficiency can increase the likelihood of mental illness, damage neurones, and aggravate multiple sclerosis (MS).

MS is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

The initial warning signs of B12 deficiency include:

  • A pale yellow tinge to your skin
  • A sore and red tongue (glossitis)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Pins and needles (paraesthesia)
  • Changes in the way that you walk and move around
  • Disturbed vision
  • Irritability.

How to respond

See a GP if you’re experiencing symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, advises the NHS.

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