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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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