Vitamin b12 deficiency anemia – overview

There are many different names and words thrown in when discussing vitamin B-12 deficiency anemia.  I will attempt to cover them all, but it will take a little time so bare with me and check back often.  I was diagnosed with B-12 deficiency anemia a few years ago.

Vitamin b12 deficiency, b12 deficiency anemia and b12 anemia (or any combination of the three) all refer to the same condition. My personal symptoms were varied and took me to a few different doctors at first, who unfortunately dismissed my symptoms as stress.  I knew something wasn’t right and was persistant.  Fortunately my husband insisted that I visit his doctor, who took me very seriously.

I was very young for this condition and didn’t have any of the normal causes.  I am extremely fortunate to have a wonderful doctor that checked me for everything and was able to diagnosis me with b12 deficiency anemia, also known as pernicious anemia.  My advice is that you know your body and if you feel there is something wrong, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to seek help or another opinion.  I waited too long and wasted too much time and may have side effects for the rest of my life. 

If you have vitamin B-12 deficiency, your body lacks enough of the B-12 vitamin for it to function properly.  B-12 is needed to make the red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout one’s body. If you do not have enough B-12 it may lead to anemia, meaning that the body is not producing enough red blood cells to function properly.  You may develop many different symptoms related to this, including feeling very tired and weak.

Usually people get plenty of B-12 from the food that they eat like meat, milk and cheese.  In a system that is functioning properly the B-12 is absorbed into your stomach and intestines through your digestive system.  When the digestive system is unable to absorb vitamin B-12, the condition of vitamin B-12 deficiency anemia can occur.

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1 Response to “Vitamin b12 deficiency anemia – overview”

  1. Nelia

    Well written article.