The warning signs in your speech that could indicate you have low vitamin B12 levels

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VITAMIN B12 deficiency can cause a range of neuropsychiatric problems, some of which can impact your ability to perform basic tasks and interact with others. Speech problems can signal low B12 levels – here’s what to look for.

Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that plays a pivotal role in the body, from keeping the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy to helping to make DNA – the genetic material in all cells. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anaemia called megaloblastic anaemia that makes people tired and weak. Given B12’s contribution, the diverse range of symptoms that accompany B12 deficiency is hardly surprising.

Psychosis (also called a ‘psychotic experience’ or ‘psychotic episode’) is when you perceive or interpret reality in a very different way from people around you.

Psychosis can lead to tangential or incoherent speech, notes the article.

Other psychosis symptoms include:

  • Suspiciousness
  • Persecutory or religious delusions
  • Auditory and visual hallucinations.

General symptoms include:

  • Extreme tiredness
  • A lack of energy
  • Pins and needles (paraesthesia)
  • A sore and red tongue
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Muscle weakness
  • Disturbed vision.

When to seek help

According to the NHS, you should see a GP if you think you may have a vitamin B12 deficiency.

“These conditions can often be diagnosed based on your symptoms and the results of a blood test,” explains the health body.

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