Vitamin B12 deficiency affects 7 major body systems: neurologic, hematologic, immunologic, vascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal and genitourinary. Our bodies have all these moving parts which when they are all working together well, you feel and look great! The body’s systems are composed of several organs or parts working together to, for example, give your body shape and help you move — the musculoskeletal system.
When the body has a Vitamin B12 deficiency numerous systems can be impacted. The nervous system is hands down one of our most important major systems in our bodies. The neurological system includes the Central Nervous System (CNS), which contains the brain and the spinal cord, and controls those hands by the way. Your nervous system basically controls all the other systems in your body. When you have low Vitamin B12 levels the neurological list of symptoms is long: from numbness, burning sensation and/or tingling in legs, arms or body, to headaches, depression and vision loss, etc.
When the hematologic system is hit by a B12 deficiency there is fatigue, shortness of breath, anemia and weakness. This system is made up of the blood, bone marrow, liver and the spleen. Lack of adequate B12 in your body can show up as an enlarged spleen or liver. This system transports nutrients from food and other elements to your cells and tissues.
Increased susceptibility to infections and poor wound healing are both signs that your immune system is not working top-notch. The immunologic system is comprised of cells, tissues and organs, including the lymphatic system.
Vitamin B12 deficiency slams the vascular system with blood clot(s) in lungs, mini-stroke, stroke, heart attack, coronary artery disease and deep-vein thrombosis, all very serious! The vascular system contains the vessels that carry blood and lymph through the body. It is also known as the cardiovascular or circulatory system.
Keep your Vitamin B12 levels healthy! Vitamin B12 is a mighty, essential vitamin that works overtime throughout your body in multiple body systems in order to maintain good to superior health.
We will look at 3 more important body systems affected by Vitamin B12 deficiency in the next Got Vitamin B12 blog. To be continued. See you soon!
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