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Can lack of vitamin B12 cause depression?

Can lack of vitamin B12 cause depression?

Yes, but: It is rare that B12 deficiency will cause only depression, and nothing else. There is a long list of symptoms that go with B12 deficiency (anemia, fatigue, bleeding gum, for example). But, it is certainly possible. So the best thing to do is to get blood level of B12 checked. Read more here: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000574.Htm. ...Read more

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Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Can deficiency of vitamin B12 and d cause indigestion?

Can deficiency of vitamin B12 and d cause indigestion?

Yes.: The symptoms of B12 deficiency can be quite subtle, but GI upset, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, etc do occur. Sore tongue, weakness, and neurological problems are more common. B12 deficiency is an unlikely cause of indigestion, however, with many other causes being more likely. ...Read more

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What causes b vitamin deficiency to lead to lack of energy?

What causes b vitamin deficiency to lead to lack of energy?

Cofactor: Vitamin b, particularly B12 but to some extent most of the b vitamins helps couple with nervous system. Your nerves need certain amount to function optimally. So need to make sure you have adequate amounts or people feel either nervous/apathetic or generally drained. ...Read more

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Does lack of vitamin B12 or vitamin d cause anxiety and racing heart?

Does lack of vitamin B12 or vitamin d cause anxiety and racing heart?

Unlikely: While low vitamin levels and poor nutrition can cause a whole host of issues its unlikely a direct cause and effect. The anxiety may cause the racing heart and the racing heart can create more anxiety . The cycle can feed on itself. The origin of the anxiety should be sought and treated. ...Read more

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Can vitamin d deficiency cause depression.Also can vitamin B12 cause psychosis and suicidal thoughts ?

Can vitamin d deficiency cause depression.Also can vitamin B12 cause psychosis and suicidal thoughts ?

Vitamin D can help: W/mood but is not a major cause of depression. Make sure you take enough. Your doc can measure your levels. Low b 12 is not the cause of suicidal thoughts and psychosis. As your doc about sublingual b 12 or shots. This will help you feel better. See a mental health professional for the negative thoughts and you will have a well-rounded treatment plan. Diet/exercise? ...Read more

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Can vitamin and protein deficiency be the cause of depression?

Can vitamin and protein deficiency be the cause of depression?

YES!!!: Depression can be a complex problem with many possible causes. Vitamin d deficiency (present during winter months in virtually everyone who does not take high doses of d) commonly causes depression. Deficiency of b12, folate & other b's can cause too. Deficiencies of the Amino Acid tryptophan causes low serotonin; low phenylalanine & tyrosine causes low dopamine. See a holistic doc for assessment! ...Read more

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Can having a vitamin d deficiency cause depression?

Can having a vitamin d deficiency cause depression?

Likely: One recent study showed vitamin d deficiency to be linked to depression in a small group of women between 42 and 66 years of age. After that the guidelines for daily intake of vitamin d were raised top 600 units/day for adults under 70. However, be aware that there are many other causes for depression which could be present in the same person, including thyroid disease, diabetes, stress and so on. ...Read more

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Can liver problems cause low levels of vitamin D and vitamin b12?

Can liver problems cause low levels of vitamin D and vitamin b12?

Yes, but other: causes are more common. You may not taking enough of these vitamins with your diet. Try taking 5000 units of vitamin D3 daily for three months and retest. B12 is more complicated, if you have poor absorption you will need injection of B12. For now try taking about 50 micrograms of B12 daily by mouth and recheck in about 3 months. ...Read more

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Can a deficiency in vitamin d cause anxiety symptoms?

Can a deficiency in vitamin d cause anxiety symptoms?

Vitamin D: Deficiency in vitamin d is "associated" with many disorders, including cardiovascular and other diseases. To date, the evidence linking vit. D. Deficiency with anxiety is poor. ...Read more

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Why does having vitamin b deficiency lead to lack of energy?

Why does having vitamin b deficiency lead to lack of energy?

Metabolism: B vitamins are critical components of cellular metabolism. They are catalysts, or assistants, for most of the reactions that turn food into energy in the body. If you do not have enough b vitamins, you do not turn food into energy in an efficient manner. This leads to low energy levels, low blood counts, etc. ...Read more

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What can cause low vit d levels other than lack of sunlight and bad nutrition?

What can cause low vit d levels other than lack of sunlight and bad nutrition?

Several causes: Some people do not absorb enough vit d from intestines because of bowel abnormality called malabsorption(celiac disease and cystic fibrosis). The major cause is lack of sunlight which assists in vit d production. Because of all the protection of skin against sunlight to prevent skin cancer, people have become too protected. Vit d supplements are available, but 15 min sunlight exposure /day is good. ...Read more

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Which lack of what vitamin will cause extreme fatigue?

Which lack of what vitamin will cause extreme fatigue?

Look elsewhere!: True vitamin deficiencies are rare in the western world. Everything we eat is fortified with vitamins and minerals. Vitamin d deficiency is fairly common it seems and if extremely low (. ...Read more

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Can chronic diarrhea be the cause of a vitamin D deficiency?

Can chronic diarrhea be the cause of a vitamin D deficiency?

Maybe: Hi. If you get most of your vit. D from your diet (instead of from sun exposure), malabsorption can cause vit. D deficiency. So causes of malabsorption are associated with diarrhea, so there can be a connection. In general, I'd say chronic diarrhea needs a good work up by a gastroenterologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Which type of vitamin and mineral deficiencies lead to depression?

Which type of vitamin and mineral deficiencies lead to depression?

B, D and omega 3: There are a few vitamin deficiencies that have been linked to depression : b vitamins and vitamin d. Supplements such as omega 3 fatty acids may also play a role in depression. Omega 3 can be used as a treatment for depression for some individuals. Research is still needed in this area as there may be more deficiencies out there that are linked to depression.. ...Read more

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Can vitamin d deficiency cause mental confusion?

Can vitamin d deficiency cause mental confusion?

May be not sure: Mental confusion may have a positive link to low levels of serum vitamin d, shows a study in the study 32 elderly patients between the ages of 61 and 92, who presented with symptoms of mental confusion, were evaluated for nutritional status. Blood samples were taken to determine vitamin d levels, and it was found that out of a cohort of 32patients, 25 had low serum vitamin d levels. ...Read more

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Does lack of vitamin d cause any damage to the liver?

Does lack of vitamin d cause any damage to the liver?

Vitamin D and Liver: Nowadays everything is being associated with vitamin d deficiency (rightfully and wrongfully). But liver problems should not be among them. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of vitamin d deficiency? what will be effect of vitamin d deficiency?

What are symptoms of vitamin d deficiency? what will be effect of vitamin d deficiency?

Depends: There are two agreed upon effects of vitamin D deficiency, rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. However, there is controversy about what blood level of vitamin D is normal. Other effects of low vitamin D levels are weakness, falls, aches and pains and may be multiple sclerosis and some cancers. You may safely take 2000 IU of vitamin D3 daily. ...Read more

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Could low levels of vita d contribute to chronic fatigue?

Could low levels of vita d contribute to chronic fatigue?

Yep.: Vit d deficiency --> fatigue, joint pain &/or swelling, muscle pain, cramping, &/or weakness, chronic pain, uncontrolled weight gain, high blood pressure, restless sleep, poor concentration & memory, headaches, bowel & bladder problems. If you have chronic fatigue, get your vit d checked, along with a full profile. ...Read more

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What causes low vitamin d levels apart from a lack of sunlight?

What causes low vitamin d levels apart from a lack of sunlight?

Vitamin D: Usually this is genetically related. Theoretically sunshine will increase vitamin d levels but a study in hawaii showed that 50% of people with 20 hours of sunshine a week still had low vitamin d levels. You can supplement with over-the-counter vitamin d safely. ...Read more

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