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Vitamin B12 deficiency appears to be more prevalent in people aged 60 and over.
Experts revealed that feeling of ringing in the ear (tinnitus) may indicate a problem or neurological symptom of pernicious anemia – an autoimmune condition that prevents a person from absorbing vitamin B12 from his diet.
The Pernicious Anemia Association indicated that people with an autoimmune condition do not have the necessary protein (the internal factor) to absorb vitamin B12.
The inner factor consists of the parietal cells in the stomach lining.
The parietal cells also create hydrochloric acid, which allows the release of vitamin B12 from food, while the internal factor allows absorption.
When the body produces antibodies that attack the parietal cells, the internal factor and hydrochloric acid are not readily available.
Vitamin B12 comes from animal products, such as cheese, fish, eggs, shellfish and meat. However, when a person suffers from pernicious anemia, the body becomes weak for nutrient deficiency. This leads to red blood cell deformation, which is likely to be curved and large.
The strange shape will limit the ability of red blood cells to transport oxygen around the body.
It is important to note that symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency can develop over many years.
As mentioned above, tinnitus is one example of neurological symptoms of pernicious anemia – which means that you are having trouble absorbing vitamin B12.
Another neurological evidence could be: a tingling sensation in the extremities of your body. This may be associated with dizziness – the feeling that everything around you is spinning, making you unbalanced.
There may also be behavioral changes, such as loss of sexual desire or sudden mood swings, in addition to physical signs, such as sores in the mouth or swelling of the tongue.