Do you have Vitamin B12 deficiency along with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism?
You may think that in the modern world, vitamin deficiency is rare, but it is relatively prevalent thanks to poor dietary habits and reduced absorption due to various problems in the digestive system. And Vitamin B12 deficiency is quite common particularly among vegetarians and vegans, apart from people with gut disorders or those who are on long term antacids. This all important vitamin is necessary for optimum health and also helps with the nervous system and brain function. Deficiency of this vitamin can result in reduced memory, anemia, cardiovascular problem and even autism.
If you also have low thyroid levels linked to Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, you should be all the more careful as the same factors that cause Hashimoto’s are responsible for low Vitamin B12 levels.
How Vitamin B12 levels impact health
This vital vitamin is extremely important for good health and the symptoms of its deficiency can easily be assigned to other causes. Among the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency are:
- Memory loss
- Tingling in the hands and feet
- Shakiness or tremors
- Some loss of cognitive function
In older people such symptoms may easily be ascribed to dementia or even old age and ignored.
Loss of brain function may also be found in patients of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and a Vitamin B12 deficiency can compound the problems. Therefore, it is all the more important to treat this vitamin deficiency particularly in patients of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.
Auto-immune diseases and B12
As some of the symptoms of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and B12 deficiency are common, it is necessary to screen the blood or even more specifically the urine for the deficiency and treat it. Some people who suffer from B12 deficiency are prone to an auto-immune disorder called pernicious anemia. This can be serious and it is important to manage and treat it. As it is, people with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism are at greater risk of developing other auto-immune disorders.
Among other problems, deficiency of this all important vitamin puts you at greater risk of developing ailments like:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Other auto-immune diseases
How a damaged digestive system causes Vitamin B12 deficiency
While most people are aware of the dictates of a good diet and nutrition, and they may eat their fruits and vegetables and follow all the diet rules as advised by medical experts, they still may not get their quota of required allowances of the necessary vitamins due to malabsorption syndrome. This can be caused by:
- Low acid secretion
- Extra acid secretion
- Taking antacids
- Taking proton pump inhibitors
- Suffering from gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Weight-loss surgery
- Some prescription drugs
If you are suffering from any kind of digestive disorder, it may be difficult for vitamins and other nutrients to be absorbed, resulting in deficiency problems. People who suffer from auto-immune diseases like Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and other disorders often also suffer from a damaged gut. In the case of a B12 deficiency, it is important to address the issue of an improperly working digestive system.
If you are vegetarian you are prone to B12 deficiency
Vegetarian and vegan diets are restricted diets as certain foods are not taken. Another problem is that B12 is found largely in animal foods. While plant sources like spirulina, algae and other grasses may be rich in Vitamin B12, the bioavailability of this vitamin is not great and it is easy to suffer from a deficiency. In fact, often the blood test reading for this vitamin among this group of people may be incorrect and vegetarians and vegans may need to supplement their diet with B12.
If you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, it may be necessary to take supplements of B12 either orally or through an injection. It is also important to take the right form of B12 as meythylcobalamin is more readily absorbed than cyancobalamin. The first also improves liver detoxification and helps in reducing inflammation.
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