Just two months ago on January 15th, I wrote an article titled Ten Reasons You May Still Feel Bad. Nearly every hypothyroid patient can have some of those ten problems, and if so, they need to be discovered and corrected.
And one of those issues was low B12. B12 is a vitamin which has a key role in cell metabolism of your entire body, giving you energy, sharpness in your brain, and healthy nervous system functioning.
And unfortunately, a certain percentage of hypothyroid patients have low levels of this important vitamin, largely due to digestive issues common with hypothyroidism– either undiagnosed due to the lousy TSH lab test, or undertreated on T4 meds like Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothyroxine, Eltroxin, etc.
Symptoms of low B12 can vary from person to person, but can include numbness and tingling in your hands or feet, tremors, poor reflexes, tongue soreness, leg pain, or difficulty walking with balance. Psychologically, you may have memory issues, confusion, or depression. Young women may have difficulty getting pregnant due to low B12.
When doing lab work, you want a result in the upper end of the range. To correct inadequate levels of B12, you’ll want to use high oral B12 (methylcobalamin is the recommended form of B12), B12 cream, or injections by your doctor (especially if you have pernicious anemia) . It’s also recommended to increase your consumption of meat and dairy products, which can be rich in B12.
March 27, 2009 is the kick-off date to begin an awareness campaign of B12 health, with September 23rd being “Vitamin B12 Awareness Day”. And I highly recommend the book Could It Be B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses by Sally Pacholok, R.N. and Jeffrey Stuart, D.O., who are spearheading this awareness.
Have you found yourself with low B12? Tell us your symptoms, how you treated it, and how long it took to stop the symptoms.
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