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B12 Deficiency Affects 7 Major Body Systems

Posted by Armando Gallegos on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Under: All locations

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Vitamin B12 deficiency affects 7 major body systems: neurologic, hematologic, immunologic, vascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal and genitourinary. Continuing from last week’s blog, let’s look at the last three important systems, and what a possible B12 deficiency might look like.


Feeling indigestion or abdominal pain? Your digestive system is made up of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, also called the digestive tract. The pancreas, liver and gallbladder are the solid organs of the digestive system. The hollow organs start with the mouth, and travel to the esophagus, stomach, etc. This key system in our daily consumption of food is responsible for digesting and transporting the food, absorbing nutrients and expelling waste. A B12 deficiency results in constipation, diarrhea, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and gastric stasis, which is the delayed emptying of the stomach. Parts of the circulatory and the nervous system also play roles in the digestive process.


Keep standing up tall! The musculoskeletal system, which gives your body shape and helps you move and touch those toes, is also a major body system that uses and needs adequate levels of Vitamin B12. Osteoporosis, fractures and suppressed activity of osteoblasts (those nifty cells that build new bone) could all be signs of a chronic Vitamin B12 deficiency.


The final major body system to look at is genitourinary, the organ system of the reproductive organs and the urinary system. Urinary incontinence, impotence, infertility and abnormal PAP smears could be caused by low levels of Vitamin B12. Read here for more information about male/female infertility and the importance of having healthy levels of Vitamin B12 when postpartum.


All of these health problems could possibly stem from other causes, but it is to your advantage to rule out B12 deficiency as the factor in your 7 major body systems not working at an optimal level.


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All the best,

The Got Vitamin B12 Team


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