Workouts? Diet? Energy? Sleep? Appropriate wine consumption? Attitude?
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Today we can add Vitamin D and Vitamin B-12 to my laundry list of deficiencies.
During my last physical, my doctor (a runner) who I love and desperately want to like me, was not totally thrilled with my vegetarian ways. Her first concern was not protein like everyone thinks, but... B-12. Even with a supercharged B-12 Complex I am still hanging on to the lowwww end of normal at 349.
Symptoms of a B-12 Deficiency listed on the Natural Institute of Health, a website where people know stuff:
- Diarrhea or constipation *Nope, thank you baby Jesus.
- Fatigue, lack of energy, or light-headedness when standing up or with exertion *Sure
- Pale Skin *Oh, like I could tell I'm half Irish.
- Problems Concentrating *Okay
- Shortness of breath, mostly during exercise *Yeah, but I'm out of shape so that doesn't count.
- Swollen, red tongue or bleeding gums *Nope
According to WebMD Symptoms of you know, having a 14 could be:
- Bone Pain *Umm nope
- Muscle Weakness *Haven't used them much to find out.
Lessons learned here:
Get annual labs and what not drawn to make sure everything is GOLDEN. Just do it! (Even if it means you have to spend over an hour of your Saturday morning sandwiched between old people at the lab.)
One last thing: Don't go reading this blog and thinking my problems must be your problems and start loading on vitamins. You are smarter than that so get some tests and talk with your doctor about supplements. Ya dig?