I thought I’d share today a little of what I’ve been dealing with. I’ve been trying to get my walking up to the recommended 10000 steps per day, but can’t seem to be able to go much beyond 2000 except on an occasional good day that might take me to 5000. I used to feel energized after a walk, but it was getting to the point that I was just hoping I could make it back to our van without hubby having to go for help. I went to the National Institute of Health looking for answers. I know I have three major problems…type 1 diabetes, glaucoma, and pernicious anemia. I knew the issues with the first two, but never realized how bad pernicious anemia was until I looked it up. This is what I found.
Now, to be clear, the reason livestock have vitamin B12 is because they are fed it in their diet. Most people are deficient in it whether carnivores, omnivores, or vegan. It is actually an organism that is found in the dirt, but with today’s sanitation habits, we’ve cleaned it out of our diet. So everyone should supplement with it.
The problem with pernicious anemia is that it is an autoimmune disease where the body destroys the cells in the stomach that digest B12. So it doesn’t matter how much I supplement, my body doesn’t get it. I need injections that bypass the digestive system. But I haven’t had a prescription for it since January. The main issues that arrive due to the deficiency are rapid heart beat upon any exertion, feeling of breathlessness, and extreme fatigue.
No wonder I’ve been feeling like I’m running on a bone dry tank! I get plenty of oxygen and plenty of iron, but my body can’t use it because pernicious anemia causes the red blood cells to become deformed and they can’t make the connection with whatever body part they are supposed to be nourishing.
Untreated pernicious anemia is deadly. The treatment is B12 injections and sometimes blood transfusions. And to keep activity to a minimum.
Fortunately, I saw my doctor today, got the prescriptions, and in about 6 to 8 weeks, should be able to resume my fitness goals. Until then, I’m laying low.
What are you doing to improve your health today?
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