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Vitamin B12 deficiency: Three signs you’ve had low B12 levels for a long time

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According to the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research, prolonged vitamin B12 deficiency can increase the likelihood of mental illness, damage neurones, and aggravate multiple sclerosis (MS).

MS is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

The initial warning signs of B12 deficiency include:

  • A pale yellow tinge to your skin
  • A sore and red tongue (glossitis)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Pins and needles (paraesthesia)
  • Changes in the way that you walk and move around
  • Disturbed vision
  • Irritability.

How to respond

See a GP if you’re experiencing symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, advises the NHS.

READ MORE: Vitamin B12 deficiency: Swollen tongue, lesions or a warm face could indicate low levels



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