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Why does vitamin B12 deficiency cause neurological symptoms?

Why does vitamin B12 deficiency cause neurological symptoms?

Required by nerves: This co-factor is needed by the nerves to stay healthy. Each nerve cell has a self repair system that relies on a variety of nutrients in our diet to provide the needed material to keep the walls intact and the cell working. Lack of B12 eventually causes that repair system to start breaking down and nerve cells malfunction or degenerate, leading to neurologic symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Vitamin B12 Deficiency (Definition)

B12 deficiency can be due to a lack of absorption or intake from diet. Since B12 is primarily found in animal products (e.g., dairy, egg, meat, etc.) vegetarians are more at risk. A deficiency is suspected when rbcs increase in size (e.g., high MCV and/or MCH in cbc) and can cause megaloblastic anemia. Symptoms can include fatigue and neuropathy. It is best corrected with ...Read more


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Are the neurological symptoms from vitamin B12 deficiency reversible?

Not Always: The progression of neurologic complications is generally gradual. They are not always reversible with treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency, especially if they have been present for a long time. ...Read more

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Can having vitamin B12 deficiency cause OCD symptoms?

Can having vitamin B12 deficiency cause OCD symptoms?

Not at all likely: Almost no chance of a direct link, but... We do know that: 1) the b vitamins are important to nervous system functioning. 2) B12 can make a noticeable difference in how good one feels. 3) deficiencies are (by definition) good to correct. So, do try to improve your diet and even supplement nutrients that are hard to get enough of. See a professional for ocd treatment too. ...Read more

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What symptoms a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause?

What symptoms a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause?

Links:: 1) http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/vitamin_b12_deficiency 2) http://www.Doctoroz.Com/videos/end-your-energy-crisis-vitamin-b12 3) http://chriskresser.Com/b12-deficiency-a-silent-epidemic-with-serious-consequences 3) http://www.Webmd.Com/food-recipes/guide/vitamin-b12-deficiency-symptoms-causes. ...Read more

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What are symptoms a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause?

What are symptoms a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause?

Energy Loss +: Loss of energy in addition to others that you can read on this link: 1) http://www.Webmd.Com/food-recipes/guide/vitamin-b12-deficiency-symptoms-causes 2)http://chriskresser.Com/b12-deficiency-a-silent-epidemic-with-serious-consequences. ...Read more

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Does vitamin B12 deficiency cause brain and nerve problems?

Does vitamin B12 deficiency cause brain and nerve problems?

Yes: In the early 19th century, scientists noted weakness and numbness with B12 deficiency. Recently, B12 has been shown to upregulate neurotrophic factors (chemicals [cytokines] that help nerve cells grow) & downregulate neurotoxic factors (chemicals that break down nerve cells). In other words, B12 helps nerve cells grow and prevents their destruction by naturally occurring brain chemicals. ...Read more

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Will a vitamin B12 deficiency cause infertility?

Will a vitamin B12 deficiency cause infertility?

B 12 deficit: If a patient has been found deficient in vitamin B12 usually is due to poor absorption in the stomach because of lack of intrinsic factor. Then the replacement or treatment with B12 must be parenteral( intramuscular) or at least sublingual. ...Read more

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Can a vitamin B12 deficiency cause permanent nerve damage?

Can a vitamin B12 deficiency cause permanent nerve damage?

If not treated: B-12 deficiency can cause peripheral neuropathy, problems with spinal cord dysfnctn (poor vibration and position sensations), and cognitive problems to the brain. Much may be reversible, but without timely treatment, problems will be persistent. 1000 mcg injections per month should suffice. ...Read more

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Can vitamin B12 deficiency cause migraines?

Can vitamin B12 deficiency cause migraines?

B12: B12 deficiency is associated with neuropathies and non-specific neurological symptoms such as irritability, fatigue, depression, and psychosis. It is not associated with migraine headaches, per se. ...Read more

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Can untreated vitamin B12 Deficiency cause nerve damage ? If yes,can it be seen through Nerve conduction study ?

Yes and yes: Yes solidly objective B12 deficiency (by formal laboratory test) (usually implying pernicious anemia) can cause nerve damage. Yes, it can be seen on electrodiagnostics except at very early stage. Note that in true B12 deficiency taking oral B12 does not work because the cause is a stomach abnormality that prevents B12 absorption. Solidly objective tests can confirm. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Vitamin B12 (Definition)

Vitamin B12 is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more