Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vitamin B 12 Deficiency and Metformin Usage Trigger Peripheral Neuropathy

Vitamin B 12 Deficiency and Metformin Usage Trigger Peripheral Neuropathy

Vitamin B12 is an important nutrient used in the nerves and the blood. Deficiency has now been shown to trigger peripheral neuropathy in diabetes patients who take the drug Metformin. Because B12 is difficult to absorb, many people have deficiencies and are not aware of its effect on their health. B12 is not prevalent in the diet and most people need additional supplementation. The only sources of vitamin B12 are in animal and dairy products. For the over seven million vegetarians, adding B12 to their diet is a necessity.