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Why is the early diagnosis of Vitamin B deficiency important?


The B Vitamins are needed to convert food into energy for the body to use. They also help to keep the skin, eyes, muscles and nerves healthy and some are involved in the production of red blood cells. B Vitamin deficiencies can therefore lead to serious diseases such as anaemia and peripheral neuropathy.

Preventing Vitamin B deficiencies

Eating a well balanced diet can help prevent vitamin deficiencies. Make sure you get all the B vitamins you need from the food you eat.

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Manage or treat any underlying condition that could put you at risk for developing a Vitamin B deficiency. 4
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Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about a Vitamin B treatment if your diet is inadequate or if you have ongoing risk factors for Vitamin B deficiencies. 4
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Recommended daily allowances:

Your age, gender and general state of health will determine the amounts of Vitamins B1, B6 and B12 that you will need every day.
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Treating Vitamin B deficiencies

 
If you suspect that you may have a Vitamin B deficiency you should visit your doctor and have a blood test done to check your levels. Early recognition and treatment is vital as Vitamin B deficiencies may result in serious medical conditions, such as anaemia and peripheral neuropathy. 2,3,4 Treatment involves taking a Vitamin B medication such as Neurobion®. 3,4

 

Additional steps you can take:
1. Improve your diet to include Vitamin B rich foods. 1,3
2. Ensure any underlying conditions for risk factors are appropriately treated to improve Vitamin B absorption. 4

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