Vitamin deficiency anemia is a lack of healthy red blood cells caused by lower than normal amounts of certain vitamins. Vitamins linked to vitamin deficiency anemia include folate, vitamin B12 and vitamin C. Signs and symptoms of vitamin deficiency anemia include:
• Shortness of breath
• Pale or yellowish skin
• Irregular heartbeats
• Weight loss
• Numbness or tingling in your hands and feet
• Muscle weakness
• Personality changes
• Unsteady movements
• Mental confusion or forgetfulness
HOW IS VITAMIN DEFICIENCY DIAGNOSED?
A GP would do the diagnosis here by checking your blood levels for vitamin deficiency and also determine which vitamin does the body lack.
HOW IS VITAMIN DEFICIENCY TREATED?
Treatment procedure here is focused on replenishing the deficiency through vitamin supplements. One exception here is vitamin D deficiency where the patient would be asked to sit in the sun and get more of sunlight. Diet changes are also recommended.
DID YOU KNOW?
Vitamin D plays a role in regulating adrenaline, noradrenaline, and dopamine production in the brain through vitamin D receptors in the adrenal cortex, as well as protecting against the depletion of serotonin and dopamine. This is the possible link with vitamin D's role in depression.