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Although a vitamin B12 deficiency is easily treatable, it can cause permanent nerve damage if left untreated. Possible signs of a deficiency include constipation, loss of appetite, fatigue, and problems with balance. Certain people are at an increased risk for developing a vitamin B12 deficiency, including those who are strict vegetarians, have cancer, or have liver or kidney disease.
- Weight loss and loss of appetite
- Numbness or tingling (or other strange sensations) in the hands or feet
- Problems with balance
- Confusion or dementia
- Poor memory
- Soreness of the mouth or tongue
- Failure to thrive and delayed development (in infants).