Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as pernicious anemia — that affect you. Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.
Have you been diagnosed with Pernicious Anemia? This is caused by vitamin B12 deficiency and is a type of Megaloblastic Anemia.
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ No, I definitely do not have it
→ In the past, not taking B12 now
→ Current problem, taking B12 orally
→ Current problem, taking B12 by injection
700 women over 65 (most in their mid-70s) in the Women's Health and Aging Study were interviewed and had blood samples taken for analysis. Overall, 14% were mildly depressed and 17% were severely depressed. Blood tests revealed that a deficiency in vitamin B12 was relatively common. Of the severely depressed women, 27% were deficient in the vitamin, compared with only 17% of the mildly depressed women and 15% of their happier counterparts. [American Journal of Psychiatry 2000;157: pp.715-72]
In one report, 47% of people with tinnitus and related disorders were found to have vitamin B12 deficiencies. Supplementation may therefore be of benefit. [Vitamin B12 deficiency in patients with chronic-tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss. Am J Otolaryngol 1993;14: pp.94-9]