While there might be various underlying causes when it comes to dementia, the brain condition has also been linked to low levels of vitamin B12. Dubbed as a “sneaky” by Harvard Medical School, this vitamin deficiency could lead to “irreversible” damage if left untreated, a health portal warns.
The study looked at two case studies of men with different signs of dementia behaviour.
The first man was referred to a hospital at the age of 64 because of confusion and collapse.
His relatives as well as colleagues shared they’ve noticed a slowly progressive change in his behaviour.
This man was sent home from work several times because of confused speech, walking impediment and inability to complete his work correctly.
The NHS notes: “It’s important for vitamin B12 or folate deficiency anaemia to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
“This is because although many of the symptoms improve with treatment, some problems caused by the condition can be irreversible.”
The good news is that the condition can often be picked up solely on your symptoms and a blood test.
Between injections, food sources and tablets, there are various ways to top up your levels of the essential vitamin.