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Constant tiredness, anemia, b12 deficiency, weight gain due to hectic lifestyle. Cure for symptoms?

Hi Suffering from constant tiredness have a 1.5 year old who keeps me vey busy doctors tested me after having my baby and said that I was anaemic and b12 deficient never told me what I should do to alleviate the problem. Also trying to battle weight gain do the two link together? Also wanted to know what vitamin supplements I should give my 1.5 yr old as he can be fussy eating Thanks
Asked On : Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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Hello, thanks for using health care magic.
Anemia implies a decrease in the amount of hemoglobin ( oxygen transporting pigment) and there are various causes and types. Vitamin B12 deficiency is a common cause for a type of anemia known as megaloblastic anemia.
Anemia implies a decrease in hemoglobin, as such reduced oxygen is supplied to muscles and other tissues, low energy production, production of lactic acid in muscles etc all these leading to a diversity of symptoms including fatigue. Vit b12 deficiency is caused by a nutritional deficiency or by an autoimmune disease where by antibodies destroy intrinsic factor necessary to absorb vit b12.
Treatment is cause specific, oral supplementation plus increase consumption food rich in vit b2 in the case of deficiency or in vegeterians, intramuscular injections in people with absorption problems. Foods rich invit b12 include meat, eggs, sea food etc
Best regards and hope this helps you.
Dr. Achuo A. M.
Answered: Sat, 2 Mar 2013
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