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Health Tip: Are You Deficient in Vitamin B-12?

Health Tip: Are You Deficient in Vitamin B-12?

10/05/10

(HealthDay News) -- Vitamin B-12 is an essential vitamin that supports the nervous system, creation of red blood cells and production of DNA. It's primarily found in seafood, meat and dairy products.

If you have low levels of vitamin B-12, it could be because you're not eating enough of these products, or you're having trouble absorbing the vitamin from foods.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says possible reasons for poor absorption of vitamin B-12 include:

  • An illness known as pernicious anemia, which kills stomach cells that absorb this vitamin.
  • Crohn's disease, celiac disease or other intestinal problems that affect absorption.
  • Abnormal growth of bacteria in the stomach.
  • A side effect of prolonged use of certain drugs, including those that help manage heartburn or ulcers.
  • A prior surgery on the intestines or stomach.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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