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Hypocobalaminemia (Vitamin B12 Deficency)
Transcript of Hypocobalaminemia (Vitamin B12 Deficency)
By: Michael Efford and Raegan Hussey
Hypocobalaminemia is a low blood level of B12. Also called vitamin B12 deficency. If you leave it untreated, it can be fatal. Vitamin B12 is a very important building block in the production of red blood cells and construction of DNA.
Some causes of vitamin B12 deficency is:
~ Surgical removal of the small bowel
~ Nitrous oxcide abuse
~ Malnutrition of alcoholism
~ Long-term use of rantidine hydrochloride
~ Some studies have shown that giardiasis,
or similar parasitic infections may also be a cause of vitamin B12 deficency.
Foggy feeling in the mind
Rapid heartbeat and breathing
Short of breath
Often going from diarrhea
Treatment can be supplemented in healthy subjects by pills, intranasal spray, a patch or injection.
B12 is also found in alot of meat and dairy.
Starting a diet with a rich amount of thiamine may stave off the adverse effects of the deficency. Food with a rich amount of thiamine is include unrefined grain products, ready-to-eat cereal, meat, dairy products,
peanuts, legumes, fruits and eggs.
Here are some pictures of what the vitamin B12 deficiency looks like: