Age-Related B12 Deficiency is Becoming a Serious Public Health Issue
B12 is an essential vitamin that the body cannot manufacture on its own. It is abundant in meat, milk and eggs. The majority of Americans ingest sufficient quantities of vitamin B12, but unfortunately, as we advance in years, many of us are no longer able to absorb B12 from the food we eat. As a result, age-related B12 deficiency is becoming a serious public health issue. It is estimated that up to 40% of Americans have low B12 levels. This can cause anemia, and has been linked to depression, cognitive impairment and dementia, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease, as well as cardiovascular diseases including heart attacks and strokes.
At J. Gruber Health Solutions (previous known as the Colorado Institute of Regenerative Health), with blood testing, we measure baseline B12 levels in our patients to assess for B12 deficiency. For those who need B12 supplementation, sublingual (under the tongue) drops are prescribed, as this form of B12 is much better absorbed than B12 that is ingested into the stomach. This is another supplement that is completely safe when taken and monitored correctly. In those in need of supplementation, B12 has tremendous potential health advantages at a cost of a few cents a day.