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Vitamin B12 and Your Thyroid: Benefits of Taking a Supplement

By    |   Monday, 14 Mar 2016 05:16 PM

Vitamin B12 deficiency is linked to dysfunction in the thyroid gland, which requires a variety of nutrients to function properly as it produces thyroid hormones that regulate many of the body’s functions.

According to Harvard Health Publications, vitamin B12 cannot be made by the body. Instead, it must be consumed through food or supplements, and deficiencies are fairly common especially in older adults.

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Some people do not consume an adequate amount of the vitamin while other people have trouble absorbing it due to conditions like Crohn’s disease or celiac disease. Additionally, people who are strict vegans are at risk for deficiency because vitamin B12 is not found in plants.

People who have had stomach stapling weight loss surgery also are at risk because the surgery compromises the body’s ability to extract vitamin B12 from the food the person eats, says Harvard Health Publications.

Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency can mimic the symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland, or hypothyroidism.

The most common cause of hypothyroidism, the autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, can cause intestinal damage that results in problems absorbing vitamin B12, says Natural Healthcare and Diagnostics. These patients may be consuming enough of the nutrient but will still be deficient. In these cases, the thyroid condition must be addressed to correct the absorption problem.

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Not only can hypothyroidism contribute to vitamin B12 deficiency, but vitamin B12 deficiency can make hypothyroidism worse, says Progressive Health. If patients are deficient in vitamin B12, they are also less likely to respond to treatment for underactive thyroid and get relief from their symptoms.

Harvard Health Publications says that some physicians are adept at detecting vitamin B12 deficiencies from symptoms alone, but blood tests are needed to confirm the condition. If the deficiency is serious, some patients may require a weekly injection of vitamin B12 while others can take a high dose supplement pill. Mild deficiencies can be corrected through a standard daily multivitamin supplement.

Besides the implications for the thyroid gland, untreated vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to serious neurologic problems and blood disorders.

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