People call you lazy so get your B12 level checked, deficiency can cause lethargy in the body

Vitamin B12 is required in the right amount in the body for good health. Deficiency of vitamin B12 in the body stops the formation of red blood cells, this is called anemia. In this the body becomes sluggish. With age, it can become harder to absorb this vitamin. So next time whenever you feel unnecessarily tired or weak, do get a blood check done once. Its initial symptoms are very common, which are difficult to recognize without testing.

North India A study conducted in the U.S. found that 47 percent of the population is suffering from vitamin B12 deficiency. Is Your Body Getting Enough Vitamin B12? If you have never paid attention to this, then know now.

what amount of vitamin is enough

  • Infants up to 6 months-0.4 micrograms (mcg)
  • 7-12 month old baby – 0.5 micrograms (mcg)
  • 1-3 year olds– 0.9 micrograms (mcg)
  • 4-8 year olds -1.2 micrograms (mcg)
  • 9-13 year olds- 1.8 micrograms (mcg)
  • 14-18 year old teen-2.4 micrograms (mcg)
  • Adult: 2.4 micrograms (mcg) (2.6 mcg per day if pregnant and 2.8 mcg per day if breastfeeding)

What causes B12 deficiency?

  1. Weight loss surgery or any kind of operation in which part of the stomach is removed
  2. excessive alcohol consumption
  3. atrophic gastritis
  4. Pernicious anemia
  5. intestinal disease
  6. immune system disorder
  7. Medications that interfere with the absorption of vitamin B12

How to recognize vitamin B12 deficiency

  • weakness
  • fatigue or lethargy
  • respiratory distress
  • pale skin
  • tongue greasiness
  • constipation/diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • gas
  • tingling in any part of the body
  • muscle weakness and trouble walking
  • visual disturbances
  • mental problems such as depression, memory loss, or behavior changes

How to complete the deficiency of Vitamin B12


The highest amount of vitamin B12 is found in dairy products and meat. In such a situation, vitamin B12 deficiency can be prevented by eating meat, poultry, seafood, dairy products and eggs. But if you do not eat these, or you have a medical condition in which all these food is forbidden, then spinach, beetroot, chickpea, curd, mushroom can be eaten in its place.

At the same time, if you have trouble absorbing vitamin B12, you will need shots of this vitamin first. But before taking them, definitely consult a good doctor.

Disclaimer: This article is for general information only. It cannot in any way be a substitute for any medicine or treatment. Always contact your doctor for more details.