What Is B12?
Your body needs B12 to keep your nerves and cells healthy. If your levels get too low, you can experience serious health problems.
Low B12 can be caused in 2 ways: not getting enough B12 in your diet, or not absorbing vitamins in your diet correctly.
WHO IS AT RISK FOR LOW B12?
48 million people have clinically low B12. You may be at risk if you have any of these common health conditions:
- Chron’s Disease
- HIV Infection
- Acid-related stomach problems and take Proton Pump Inhibitors
- Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Parasites (fish tapeworm)
- Atrophic Gastritis or Inflammation of the Stomach Lining
- Pernicious Anemia
- Diabetes and/or Take Metformin
- Bacterial Overgrowth of the Small Intestine
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea (IBS-D)
- Celiac Disease
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T TREAT LOW B12?
If untreated, low B12 levels can lead to serious problems that affect your heart and brain like: anemia, irreversible nerve damage, memory impairment, early-onset dementia, and depression.