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A 16-year-old male asked:

My mother has anemia. we eat the exact same food and i don't take vitamin supplements. so could i have b12 deficiency as well?

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Dr. Inaam Schneider
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
No , Not Necessarily: B12 Def. can occur due to lack of a factor that is needed to allow B12 to be absorbed . For some reason your mom seems to lack this factor & she will probably have to get her B12 either by injection or intra nasally .I doubt that you will have B 12 Def this young .
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
A Verified Doctoranswered
45 years experience
Unlikely: B12 deficiency has specific causes. Two of them are GI tract disease related. You likely dont have these problems. Ask what the specific cause of your mother's B12 deficiency is known to be.

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