Women have a much more difficult time absorbing the vitamin B12 into their systems than men. In fact, recent studies show that after women reach 40, their chances to have a vitamin B12 deficiency will even increase. Additional studies even show that anywhere from 4 to 6 percent of women in this age group have or will develop medical issues directly related to a lack of vitamin B12.
Certain prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can also add to a deficiency. The most well-known include some prescriptions for diabetes, along with medications for acid reflux and heart burn. People who also do not eat meat, such as vegans and vegetarians, may also find themselves at a higher risk for a B12 vitamin deficiency.
In fact, there seems to be a growing number of things that can seem to “zap” the B12 from entering our bodies, and there are many reasons as to why the vitamin may never enter our systems to begin with. Let’s take a look at a few signs that women typically show to hint that they may have a vitamin B12 deficiency.
Studies show that ongoing fatigue is typically one of the first signs of a vitamin B12 deficiency in women. Our bodies rely heavily on B12 to continue to produce much-needed red blood cells. These ever-important cells send and distribute oxygen to all of the body’s organs. When the body does not have the adequate amount of oxygen in its blood cells, it can cause people to continuously fight the feeling of fatigue, even if they are consistently getting a good night’s sleep. When women become older and their schedules allow, many opt for an afternoon nap. However, even this supplemental sleep will not fight off the signs of fatigue, especially if the body is not getting the needed amount of vitamin B12.
If you are experiencing fatigue, be sure to consult with a physician right away. While it could very well be caused by a B12 deficiency, there are several other reasons that could cause you to just not be able to get enough sleep.