Vitamin B12 deficiency: The texture of your tongue could tell whether you’re lacking B12


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) explained there can be various causes of a vitamin B12 deficiency, including diet, an autoimmune condition, and the overuse of certain medications. Are you affected? The “hallmark” side effect of a vitamin B12 deficiency is “megaloblastic anaemia”, characterised by abnormally red blood cells. This condition may result in “atrophic glossitis”, which is when tiny bumps on the tongue (papillae) start to waste away, WebMD stated.

Such an occurrence leads to a “smooth” texture of the tongue, which may look “glossy”.

The NIH pointed out that other physical indications of a vitamin B12 deficiency might include:

  • Fatigue
  • Palpitations
  • Pale skin
  • Weight loss
  • Tingling in the hands and feet.

Which foods contain vitamin B12?

“Vitamin B12 is naturally present in foods of animal origin, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products,” said the NIH.

Vitamin B12 supplements and multivitamins are another way to absorb the vital nutrient.

READ MORE: How to get rid of visceral fat: The cheap herb proven to reduce fat within four weeks


“Pernicious anaemia is the most common cause of clinically evident vitamin B12 deficiency around the world,” said the NIH.

“Severe or long-lasting pernicious anaemia can damage the heart, brain, and other organs in the body.”

The condition can also lead to nerve damage, neurological issues, digestive tract problems, and can increase the risk of stomach cancer.


Interestingly, the term “pernicious” means deadly, because – in the past – the condition was fatal.

Thankfully, nowadays, pernicious anaemia is easily treatable with vitamin B12 supplements or injections.

With adequate treatment – best decided by your doctor – people with pernicious anaemia can live normal lives.


However, left untreated, unwelcome health complications will occur over time.

A lack of healthy red blood cells means the heart needs to work harder to move oxygen-rich blood through the body.

As the heart muscle is under extra stress, it can lead to arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), a heart murmur, an enlarged heart, or heart failure.


The nerve damage it produces can cause difficulty with walking and finding your balance.

And a vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to weakened bones and can increase the risk of hip fractures.

The condition can even lead to mental confusion, depression and memory loss.


Stay connected with us on social media platform for instant update click here to join our  Twitter, & Facebook

We are now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@TechiUpdate) and stay updated with the latest Technology headlines.


For all the latest Health News Click Here 

 For the latest news and updates, follow us on Google News

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! TechAzi is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More