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    Is B12 Deficiency Common In Thyroid Conditions?

    Is B12 Deficiency Common In Thyroid Conditions?

    Vitamin B12 is essential for the body to produce red blood cells, nerves, and DNA. The water-soluble vitamin also plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that suffering from a severe vitamin B12 deficiency could lead to deep depression, paranoia, delusions, memory loss, and more.

    Regardless, research has indicated that a vitamin B12 deficiency can negatively affect those living with hypothyroidism, and that both deficiencies can go unnoticed if the proper tests are not performed. The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC provides services to treat allergy diseases, but often encounters nutritional deficiencies in patients while running the comprehensive tests.

    When this occurs, the medical professionals may recommend nutritional supplementation to not only treat the allergy symptoms a person is exhibiting, but to address any other apparent health concerns. The team at The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC frequently emphasizes the importance of patient education, as seen in the last few blogs, which is why the team of medical professionals has decided to discuss vitamin B12 deficiencies and thyroid conditions.

    As mentioned previously, vitamin B12 deficiencies and hypothyroidism can be difficult to detect and/or diagnose, especially since both deficiencies share similar symptoms. A study published in The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association saw that as many as 40 percent of the hypothyroid patients they were testing also suffered from a vitamin B12 deficiency. Prior to this discovery, patients were being treating for hypothyroidism with hormone replacement therapies only and often saw little to no improvements in their symptoms.

    If both deficiencies are apparent, supplementation as well as a thyroid hormone replacement may be needed to resolve symptoms. If a patient is suffering from a mild vitamin B12 deficiency, he or she may be able to get away with consuming lean meats, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products and fortified grains instead of taking a supplement. Hypothyroidism is usually treated with proper medication(s) and/or dietary supplements.

    If you are experiencing any of the symptoms outlined above, talk to the professionals at The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC.

    Providing the most comprehensive testing, diagnosis, and treatment of allergy diseases, The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC is the leading allergy clinic in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. If you suffer from environmental, food, or chemical allergies, don’t wait any longer and call us now at (480) 634-2985!

    The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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