MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE (C) VITAMIN B12 DEFICIENCY
Do You Have a B12 Deficiency? Quiz There are many causes of Vitamin B12 deficiency autoimmune conditions, inadequate dietary intake (common in vegans and vegetarians) and inability to absorb B12 from food sources. B12 deficiency is one of the most common causes of anemia (a lack of healthy red blood cells).
Vitamin B12 deficiency is easily treated with Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin or hydroxycobalamin) injections or vitamin supplements. Diagnosing Vitamin B12 deficiency is done by a simple blood test and the following questions can help you decide if you should have your B12 levels tested.
1. Do you suffer from fatigue or weakness? Yes No
2. Do you have a swollen or sore tongue? Yes No
3. Do you experience tingling or numbness (similar to pins and
needles) sensation in your hands and feet? Yes No
4. Do you have difficulty concentrating or a poor memory? Yes No
5. Do you suffer from low mood or depression? Yes No
6. Is your skin usually pale? Yes No
7. Is your skin inside your mouth pale? Yes No
8. Do you experience dizziness or light-headedness? Yes No
9. Do you have brittle nails? Yes No
10. Do you have indigestion, gas bloating, diarrhoea or Yes No
11. Have you experience unexplained weight loss? Yes No
12. Do you have cold hands and/or feet? Yes No
13. Do you experience difficulty sleeping or have unrestorative
sleep (wake from sleep feeling unrested)? Yes No
14. Do you suffer from shortness of breath with minimal exertion? Yes No
15. Do you experience difficulty walking? Yes No
16. Do you regularly drink alcohol? Yes No
17. Are you a strict vegetarian or vegan? Yes No
18. Do you experience frequent or daily headaches? Yes No
19. Do you celiac disease, Crones Disease, inflammatory bowel
disease, or have you ever had gastritis bypass or other stomach or
intestinal surgery Yes No
If you answered yes to 6 or more of the questions above, you should have your B12 levels tested to determine if you have a Vitamin B12 deficiency, and assess the severity of the deficiency.
The impact of a Vitamin B12 deficiency on health is significant. Vitamin B12 deficiency leads to decreased production of red blood cells in the blood. Healthy amounts of red blood cells are required for the delivery of oxygen to all the cells and tissues in the body. Deficiency can affect normal growth and development, production and health of nerves, skin, hair, genes and normal metabolism.
Folate deficiency can also be associated with Vitamin B12 deficiency and can cause similar symptoms. Folate deficiency is less common due to the fortification of many foods with folate. However, folate deficiency is associated with neural tube defects and all women of childbearing age should be assessed for potential folate deficiency and take a supplement if indicated.
The advice provided in this article is for informational purposes only. It is meant to augment and not replace consultation with a licensed health care provider.