Signs Your Senior Is Lacking Vitamin B12

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Vitamin B12 deficiency is common among older adults. This is due to atrophic gastritis-associated vitamin B12 malabsorption.

A good dose of vitamin B12 is an important aspect of good nutrition for seniors. Our caregivers at Patient Care Solutions LLC always make sure that the seniors they are caring for get enough vitamin B from the food they eat.

If you are worried about whether or not your elderly loved one is getting enough vitamin B, we’re going to talk about some of the signs that show when they’re not meeting their daily intake.

Here are some symptoms:

  • Tingling or numbness of hands and feet
  • Balance problems
  • Mental confusion
  • Inflamed tongue
  • Glossitis

Aside from vitamin B malabsorption, there are other reasons why your loved one could be having trouble getting enough of this vitamin.

It could be that they are taking certain medications to treat diabetes or antacids for stomach acids. Maybe they have medical conditions related to their stomach or small intestine.

What you can do is feed them food rich in vitamin B12 or ask their doctor to prescribe them oral supplements that contain high doses of the vitamin. If you need help keeping track of your loved one’s doses, Home Health Care in Massachusetts could be the best solution.

Want to learn more about vitamin deficiencies in seniors? Give our Homecare Services in Lynn, Massachusetts a call at 781-595-0311.

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