Vitamin B12 is vital for our health and though signs of lack of vitamin B12 develop slowly, there are 2 warning signs that you shouldn’t overlook.
Vitamin B12 is responsible for making red blood cells and there are 2 signs of its deficiency that are quite clear: facial neuralgia and jaundice.
If you experience pain on the face –or facial neuralgia– is typical of low levels of B12. The pain is usually felt only on one side of the face at a time. it can be a dull pain in the cheekbone underneath the eye or a sharp, acute pain across the forehead –from the scalp to the edge of the nose by the eye. It does not last for too long, but it could be excruciating.
It is difficult to treat facial neuralgia, and patients may often try several treatments without much success.
Another sign of vitamin B12 deficiency is jaundice –a condition where the whites of the eyes appear less white and more yellow. The skin can also be affected by this B12 deficiency and they often look pale and yellow, this is due to the deficiency in producing red blood cells. Low levels of red blood cells lead to a type of anemia called pernicious anemia. Pernicious anemia’s symptoms usually include diarrhea, loss of appetite and jaundice.
If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your GP for advice.
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