It Could Be Old Age, or It Could Be Low B12

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    Nov 30, 2011 1:40 PM GMT
    A problem that may be particularly prevalent amongst vegans because it's a vitamin found mostly in diets with animal protein.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/health/vitamin-b12-deficiency-can-cause-symptoms-that-mimic-aging.html?src=me&ref=general

    As we age, our ability to absorb B12 from food declines, and often so does our consumption of foods rich in this vitamin. A B12 deficiency can creep up without warning and cause a host of confusing symptoms that are likely to be misdiagnosed or ascribed to aging.

    A Vital Nutrient

    B12 is an essential vitamin with roles throughout the body. It is needed for the development and maintenance of a healthy nervous system, the production of DNA and formation of red blood cells.

    A severe B12 deficiency results in anemia, which can be picked up by an ordinary blood test. But the less dramatic symptoms of a B12 deficiency may include muscle weakness, fatigue, shakiness, unsteady gait, incontinence, low blood pressure, depression and other mood disorders, and cognitive problems like poor memory.

    Labs differ in what they consider normal, but most authorities say a deficiency occurs when B12 levels in adults fall below 250 picograms per milliliter of blood serum. Like all B vitamins, B12 is water-soluble, but the body stores extra B12 in the liver and other tissues. Even if dietary sources are inadequate for some time, a serum deficiency may not show up for years.

    If the amount of B12 in storage is low to begin with, a deficiency can develop within a year, even more quickly in infants.

    Recommended dietary amounts of B12 vary: 2.4 micrograms daily for those age 14 and older, 2.6 micrograms for pregnant women and 2.8 micrograms for nursing women. Barring circumstances that impair B12 absorption, these are levels easily obtained from a well-balanced diet containing animal protein.

    In its natural form, B12 is present in significant amounts only in animal foods, most prominently in liver (83 micrograms in a 3.5-ounce serving). Good food sources include other red meats, turkey, fish and shellfish. Lesser amounts of the vitamin are present in dairy products, eggs and chicken.
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    Dec 01, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    I am vegan. I supplement with b12. Most vegan foods are now fortified with it as well.
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    Dec 03, 2011 1:38 AM GMT
    Maybe it's old age, maybe it's low B12, maybe it's Maybelline.
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    Dec 03, 2011 1:42 AM GMT
    I've said this before - If you're supplementing B12, I recommend methylcobalamin. It's harder to find, but it's a better form that doesn't have to be converted before your body can use it.
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    Dec 03, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidMaybe it's old age, maybe it's low B12, maybe it's Maybelline.


    a wise guy, eh
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    Dec 03, 2011 6:22 AM GMT
    diaspora said
    paulflexes saidMaybe it's old age, maybe it's low B12, maybe it's Maybelline.


    a wise guy, eh
    Yes. I even brought incense.
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    Dec 03, 2011 4:36 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    diaspora said
    paulflexes saidMaybe it's old age, maybe it's low B12, maybe it's Maybelline.


    a wise guy, eh
    Yes. I even brought incense.
    \

    I love Paul's sense of humor.
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    Dec 08, 2011 2:52 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidMaybe it's old age, maybe it's low B12, maybe it's Maybelline.


    Best line ever
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    Dec 08, 2011 7:44 AM GMT
    r3dsn0w said
    paulflexes saidMaybe it's old age, maybe it's low B12, maybe it's Maybelline.


    Best line ever

    paul that was a good oneicon_lol.gif
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    Dec 19, 2011 4:20 AM GMT
    But this is true. I had unresolved symptoms. Tests show I had severely low levels of B12. I now take monthly shots. Problems solved. If only all problems in life could be solved with a monthly shot.
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    Dec 19, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    diaspora said
    paulflexes saidMaybe it's old age, maybe it's low B12, maybe it's Maybelline.


    a wise guy, eh
    Yes. I even brought incense.



    hehe, you're early.
  • mikey_101

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    Dec 20, 2011 11:08 AM GMT
    beachwalk saidBut this is true. I had unresolved symptoms. Tests show I had severely low levels of B12. I now take monthly shots. Problems solved. If only all problems in life could be solved with a monthly shot.


    Have you never tried using Yeast Extract?

    Marmite:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmite#Nutritional_information
    Vitamin B12 0.6 µg / per 4g serving.

  • mikey_101

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    Dec 20, 2011 11:09 AM GMT
    I cant belive the poster above would happily inject synthetic vitamins rather than eat food high in the lacking nutrients they require.

    beachwalk said If only all problems in life could be solved with a monthly shot.

    WTF?