A Warning Sign Of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

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Around one-in-four people may
have a vitamin B12 deficiency, according to a recent study.
Small white spots on the skin
can be a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency.
The white spots often appear
on the outside of the forearm, but can be anywhere.
Around one-in-four people may
have a vitamin B12 deficiency, according to a recent study.
The body uses vitamin B12 to
make red blood cells and to keep the nervous system healthy.
Vitamin B12 deficiency can
lead to low levels of melatonin, which contributes to the white spots on the
skin.
Other, more common signs of
vitamin B12 deficiency include feeling tired, experiencing muscle weakness and
being constipated.
Vitamin B12 levels can be
boosted through supplementation or by eating foods such as dairy, liver, salmon
and eggs.
The study examined blood
samples from 1,079 older adults in Germany.
The results showed that 27
percent were deficient in vitamin B12.
Along with this, over half
were vitamin D deficient.
Ms
Romy Conzade, the study’s first author, said:
“The results are very clear.
Fifty-two percent of the
examined older adults had vitamin D levels below 50 nmol/L and thus had a
suboptimal vitamin D status.”
Dr.
Barbara Thorand, study co-author, said:
“Our study also shows that
regular intake of vitamin-containing supplements goes along with improved
levels of the respective vitamins.
However, vitamin-containing
supplements are not a universal remedy, and particularly older people should
watch out for maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet.”
The study was published in the
journal Nutrients (Conzade et al., 2017).
SOURCE: PSYBLOG
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.