SUSS THE SIGNS

These symp­toms can get scary, fast – go­ing from mild to se­vere in as lit­tle as six months if un­treated. You know the drill: if you spot ’em, book in with your doc

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1 YOUR TONGUE IS SMOOTH AND SHINY

A B12 de­fi­ciency could cause you to lose papil­lae: tiny, taste­bud­con­tain­ing bumps. As a re­sult, your tongue may feel sore and your sense of taste may wilt, mak­ing even that spicy curry seem bland.

2 YOU FEEL PRICKLES

Pins-and-nee­dles sen­sa­tion in your hands and feet? That could be low B12 stocks af­fect­ing nerve cells. Ig­nore it and the tin­gling feel­ing can be­come per­ma­nent, says nu­tri­tional sci­en­tist Pro­fes­sor Joshua W Miller. Got it.

3 YOU’RE STRESSED OR CRY­ING ALL THE TIME

A lack of B12 can mess with your men­tal health and can even­tu­ally lead to de­pres­sion or anx­i­ety. Why? Low lev­els may af­fect the pro­duc­tion of mood-reg­u­lat­ing neu­ro­trans­mit­ters, such as sero­tonin and dopamine.

4 YOUR MEM­ORY’S GONE AWOL AND YOU’RE CON­STANTLY TIRED

Nerve dam­age in the brain can leave you feel­ing foggy, con­fused and even for­get­ful. Lack­ing the vi­ta­min can also sap strength and en­ergy, be­cause it af­fects the red blood cells that carry oxy­gen to your vi­tal or­gans.

5 BAYLOAUNRCE IS SHOT

With­out the pro­tec­tion of B12, the nerves in the spinal cord (which branch out to con­trol your legs) can wither, leav­ing you dizzy and wob­bly. Stum­bling reg­u­larly isn’t nor­mal un­less you’re tee­ter­ing in sky-high heels, so re­port on­go­ing in­stances of feel­ing off-kil­ter as soon as you no­tice them, sug­gests Miller.

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