Osteopenia, Osteoporosis B12 Deficiency
News about Osteopenia, Osteoporosis B12 Vitamin deficiency. Many people talk about Vitamin D and Vitamin K for strong bones. Few mention any of the B vitamins for stronger bones. But for some people low levels of vitamin B12 are the cause of their thinning or porous bones. Of course low levels of this vitamin can be the cause of a number of other symptoms
Some symptoms of deficiency.
- Mental confusion, memory loss, irritability, apathy, sleepiness, personality changes, depression, hallucinations,violent behavior. Not all of these are seen in each case but any of them could be symptoms.
- Abnormal sensations eg, pain, tingling, numbness, diminished sense of touch or temperature, clumsiness, tremor, weakness,incontinence, vision changes, damage to the optic nerve
- TIAs (transient ischemic attacks), stroke, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, palpitations, blood clots, low blood pressure when standing up - sometimes causes falls or fainting.
- chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal problems, osteoporosis, tinnitus, prematurely grey hair
Who is at risk?
Although anyone can develop such a deficiency, there are certain groups who are at greater risk: Vegetarians, those over age 60, anyone with Chron's disease or a malabsorbtion problem, alcoholics, those with pernicious anemia, persons who have had abominable surgery and persons taking certain drugs.
If you have bone loss and you have experienced any of the symptoms above, do talk with your physician about getting screened. You do not want your treatment to NOT work because your a Vitamin deficiency is getting in the way.
To read more go to Osteoporosis B12 Vitamin Deficiency
click here for the List of Causes of Osteopenia page.