Vitamin B12 deficiency affects many people in society and while effects can be mild for some, many experience life limiting effects.
This deficiency is more common in the elderly, those with atrophic gastritis and autoimmune conditions including pernicious anaemia. Vitamin B12 is needed to build healthy red blood cells and to allow the nervous system to function normally. Without it symptoms including fatigue, lightheadedness, heart palpitations, nerve problems and mental problems like depression can occur. The deficiency can be treated with dietary changes, tablets or injections. Despite treatment many patients still experience symptoms and researchers at Queen’s University Belfast are interested in evaluating what the impact of vitamin B12 deficiency is.
The event aims to raise awareness of the impact of Vitamin B12 deficiency with presentations from the Pernicious Anaemia Society, Queen’s University Belfast researchers and patient experiences. Stay after the presentations to chat to others about how B12 deficiency has impacted you or your family and help researchers design a study to evaluate the experiences of patients with B12 deficiency.