B12 deficiency: a silent epidemic with serious consequences

What do all of these diseases have in common?

Answer: they can all mimic the signs and symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.

B12 deficiency: an invisible epidemic

B12 deficiency isn’t a bizarre, mysterious disease. It’s written about in every medical textbook and its causes and effects are well-established in the scientific literature.

However, B12 deficiency is far more common than most health care practitioners and the general public realize. Data from the Tufts University Framingham Offspring Study suggest that 40 percent of people between the ages of 26 and 83 have plasma B12 levels in the low normal range – a range at which many experience neurological symptoms. 9 percent had outright deficiency, and 16 percent exhibited “near deficiency”. Most surprising to the researchers was the fact that low B12 levels were as common in younger people as they were in the elderly.

That said, B12 deficiency has been estimated to affect about 40% of people over 60 years of age. It’s entirely possible that at least some of the symptoms we attribute to “normal” aging – such as memory loss, cognitive decline, decreased mobility, etc. – are at least in part caused by B12 deficiency.


More on this article @ chriskresser.com           Source:  Chris Kresser – Let’s Take Back Your Health  website


11 thoughts on “B12 deficiency: a silent epidemic with serious consequences

  1. alicewithptsd says:

    My DO (doctor of osteopathy) has myself (fibro/PTSD) and my daughter (autism) on a high dose of B12 (and vitamin D) for these reasons. We’ve been taking the B12 for over a year now, and I do feel like the two vitamins together have increased my energy and have helped with some of my daughter’s extreme senstitivity. 😊


    • cherished79 says:

      I am so happy to hear they are working for you. My family doc also told me my B12 was low and to start taking them and also Vitamin D. I was finding myself so tired and legs were aching; she also mentioned iron because I am slowing I’m anemic also. All this in looking at your blood test. Thanks for commenting.


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