Pernicious Anemia

Evaluating Risk Factors: Pernicious Anemia

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.

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If you indicate history of anemia, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
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

The Diagnostic Process

Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of pernicious anemia, pernicious anemia, no longer treated or pernicious anemia, The Analyst™ will use differential diagnosis to consider possibilities such as:

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]

Yeast / Candida Infection

Vitamin B12, B6, biotin and folate help maintain candida in its non-invasive form.  A B12 deficiency is one of several conditions that can stimulate candida growth.

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