Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, is an essential micronutrient required in DNA synthesis and red blood cell maturation, among other metabolic functions. Its deficiency leads to a spectrum of disease. It is important to trace its absorption in order to understand how a person can become deficient.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, has many diverse functions in the human body. For this reason, its deficiency produces a spectrum of clinical manifestations. About 15 percent of adults above 65 years have subclinical deficiency, probably contributed to by the use of H2-receptor blockers for hyperacidity treatment, since these also reduce cobalamine levels.

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SLAC structural biologist discovers a strange cavity in key tuberculosis protein

SLAC structural biologist discovers a strange cavity in key tuberculosis protein

Scientists discover tuberculosis bacterium channels vitamins into the cell

Scientists discover tuberculosis bacterium channels vitamins into the cell

U.S. medical panel thinks twice about pushing cognitive screening for dementia

U.S. medical panel thinks twice about pushing cognitive screening for dementia

Low folate levels associated with malnutrition in hospital patients

Low folate levels associated with malnutrition in hospital patients

What to do if your home health care agency ditches you

What to do if your home health care agency ditches you

Diet significantly influences mental health and wellbeing, review confirms

Diet significantly influences mental health and wellbeing, review confirms

Vegans at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency finds study

Vegans at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency finds study

New studies point to benefits of weight-loss surgery for teens with severe obesity

New studies point to benefits of weight-loss surgery for teens with severe obesity

Study finds vitamin B12 deficiency in pregnancy may induce obesity

Study finds vitamin B12 deficiency in pregnancy may induce obesity

Many teens may develop nutritional deficiencies years after bariatric surgery

Many teens may develop nutritional deficiencies years after bariatric surgery

Stroke risk higher but heart disease lower in vegetarians

Stroke risk higher but heart disease lower in vegetarians

'Junk food' diet can lead to blindness

'Junk food' diet can lead to blindness

Study: Lower levels of specific dietary vitamins and antioxidants associated with frailty

Study: Lower levels of specific dietary vitamins and antioxidants associated with frailty

Check with your doctor before putting your child on a vegan diet, say experts

Check with your doctor before putting your child on a vegan diet, say experts

Adequate consumption of milk and dairy products can help prevent chronic diseases

Adequate consumption of milk and dairy products can help prevent chronic diseases

Supplements claiming to boost brain health are 'too good to be true', warn experts

Supplements claiming to boost brain health are 'too good to be true', warn experts

Study: Micronutrient deficiencies are common in adults at the time of celiac disease diagnosis

Study: Micronutrient deficiencies are common in adults at the time of celiac disease diagnosis

Vegans are often deficient in these four nutrients

Vegans are often deficient in these four nutrients

Study of MS patients shows 18% were given wrong diagnoses

Study of MS patients shows 18% were given wrong diagnoses

Innovative micronutrient-rich food developed for elderly people with swallowing difficulties

Innovative micronutrient-rich food developed for elderly people with swallowing difficulties