Understanding the facts
Vitamin B12 is really important as in combination with folate (folic acid) it is needed to help form red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Deficiency of these water-soluble vitamins occurs when there is reduced absorption in our gastro-intestinal tract. Insufficient amounts result ultimately in a range of disorders such as types of anaemia and neuropathy (nerve-related problems) especially in hands and feet, with long- term depletion being now linked with Alzheimers disease. It also occurs in milder forms with symptoms such as tiredness, weakness, insomnia, depression, or loss of mental sharpness.
About 1.5% of the general population is postulated to have a deficiency of B12 but this figure increases sharply with age to about 6%. So, what has this got to do with prediabetes? Well, quite a lot actually. Although a diagnosis of prediabetes does not mean that you will have a B12 deficiency it does make you more susceptible under certain circumstances. To find out why this happens let’s first look at the following listed causes:
Vegetarians and vegans at most risk due to a reduced or no consumption of animal products (especially red meat)
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