contribution to the body is invaluable. Among other things, it helps make red blood cells and keeps your nervous system operating efficiently. Having consistently low B12 levels therefore deals a hammer blow to your body causing ataxia which in turns affects a number of body parts. What to look out for?

According to the NHS, a lack of vitamin B12 can cause neurological problems, which affect your nervous system, such as:

  • Vision problems
  • Memory loss
  • Pins and needles
  • Loss of physical co-ordination (ataxia), which can affect your whole body and cause difficulty speaking or walking
  • Damage to parts of the nervous system, particularly in the legs.

READ MORE: B12 deficiency: Two warning signs on the head and ears that you are lacking the nutrient

In a study published in the National Library of health, vitamin B12 deficiency presenting as acute ataxia was investigated.

The study looked at the case of a seven-year-old hospitalised for evaluation of acute ataxia and failure to thrive, initially suspicious for an intracranial mass.

Laboratory studies revealed megaloblastic anaemia while an initial MRI of the brain showed no evidence of mass lesions or other abnormalities.

Other symptoms of a B12 deficiency include:

  • A pale-yellow tinge to your skin
  • A sore and red tongue (glossitis)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Pins and needles (paraesthesia)
  • Changes in the way that you walk and move around
  • Disturbed vision
  • Irritability
  • Depression.

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