The Vitamin B12 in Pernicious-Anemia

Pernicious-anemia is one of the forms of anemia that has all the manifestations of the usual anemia but it lacks needed vitamin B12 that is responsible for ensuring the red blood cells will have normal development.  This type of anemia is also known as Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia and it is the most common in the other entire anemia that came about because of certain vitamin deficiency.  If you will ignore this kind of anemia, it can cost you your life.  You should not ignore the signs if you are experiencing them, your quick action may be your key to fast recovery.

Some of the symptoms of pernicious-anemia are fatigue, dizziness, pale skin, headache, palpitations, cold hands and feet, and also some chest pains.  They are the usual symptoms of having anemia but if vitamin B12 deficiency is left untreated and worsen you will also experience numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, depression, memory loss (if worse comes to worse dementia will occur), unsteadiness, confusion, and difficulty in walking.  If you are suffering from some of the symptoms then go visit your doctor now for an immediate diagnosis and treatment.  Some of the symptoms are similar to a lighter disease that is why you should not immediately conclude that it might be it.

Vitamin B12 is very important in producing red blood cells.  It is taken into the body by eating nutritious and healthy food rich in vitamin B12 such as lean red meats, dairy products, poultry, fish, and even supplements.  Pernicious-anemia usually occurs if the person is not eating enough foods that contain the essential B12 vitamin that the body need to produce red blood cells.  There are also cases where the body could not absorb the vitamin B12 in the food intake if the person has a disease such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease or if that person has his or her small intestine’s portion surgically removed making the stomach lack intrinsic factor.  Some cases (although rare) can be due to the inherited inability of a person to produce intrinsic factor needed by the stomach to make it possible to absorb vitamin B12.

There are several tests being done on people that might be suffering from the disease.  This includes some tests on blood and vitamin B12 deficiency.  There are also tests that monitor the characteristic changes in red blood cells, stomach acid tests and some anti body tests.  Different tests are needed in order to determine if the disease is really pernicious-anemia or might be a simple deficiency.

Pernicious anemia can be treated successfully most of the time and people have good chance of recovery.  Each case differs from another even though they may be of the same illness.  Some factors present on each individual are the one making the case of someone to be more difficult than the others.  The body that is not totally fit to begin with will have difficulty recovering from the disease that is why it is important to always maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.

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