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Are you at risk of B12 deficiency?
According to Holland and Barrett, vitamin B12 is only naturally found in animal products such as meat and dairy, so vegans and vegetarians are at risk of low intakes.
Older people and others who don’t produce enough stomach acid to absorb B12 properly, may also be at risk of deficiency.
Pernicious anaemia – whereby your immune system attacks the cells in your stomach that produce the intrinsic factor, which is needed to absorb vitamin B12 – is the most common cause of vitamin B12 deficiency in the UK.
How to treat B12 deficiency
The treatment for vitamin B12 deficiency depends on what’s causing the condition.