Yesterday, 12:25 pm | author: Maria Solovieva | Photo ru.depositphotos.com
One can suspect a deficiency of vitamin B12 in the body by skin changes, according to doctors from the American Academy of Family Physicians. They named three characteristics, according to Express.
Experts focus on the fact that vitamin B12 is involved in the synthesis of DNA, red blood cells and includes a program of self-destruction of malignant cells. It is also important for the nervous system, so deficiencies must be compensated for in a timely manner.
A deficiency in B12 can cause hyperpigmentation when certain areas of the skin become dark in color. They resemble the so-called liver spots on the body of the elderly.
The second symptom of deficiency is vitiligo, when white spots appear on the body. They form on the arms, legs, neck, face, and eventually spread throughout the body.
If vitamin B12 deficiency is accompanied by an increase in the level of bilirubin in the blood, then the skin and mucous membranes acquire a yellow tint.
In turn, staff at Harvard Medical School warn that its lack is often disguised as other diseases and can manifest itself in numbness or tingling in the limbs, unsteadiness when walking, causeless fatigue, forgetfulness. The deficiency develops slowly, so the symptoms do not appear immediately, but gradually, increasing as they accumulate, scientists warn.