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Old 12-16-2009, 02:34 AM   #1
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Question question about vitamin b12

I am 19 and have been a vegatarian for just over a year, and I also don't eat eggs. I also have a dairy intolerance so have never eaten dairy much whilst growing up, although I did occasionally eat meat (mainly chicken and beef mince) about twice a week until I was about 17 when I started to go off meat).

I now obviously don't eat meat and the only dairy I eat is cheese (only about once a week though as it makes me sick). I also don't like any of the foods supplemented with b12 (such as yeast extract, heinz spaghetti, nutrigrain bars and cereal etc) I was wondering how much stores of b12 I am likely to have and how long they will last before i end up with a deficiency? I have the added problem of being unable to swallow tablets so I can't even take a supplement for it.

I am so paranoid about this and just need some help and I am too scared to go to the doctors as it is embarrasing not being able to swallow tablets. I also tried dissolavabe tablets and i know this may sound stupid but i was sick after taking them as I didn't like the sensation of them being in my mouth (probably because i thought i was going to swallow them). I don't know what else I can try.

I have also posted this question on a few other boards here too.

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Old 12-26-2009, 12:58 PM   #2
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Re: question about vitamin b12


At your next physical, why not have your B12 level tested? Since B12 is a water soluble vitamin and you don't seem to be getting it from food, (mostly found in animal products), it would seem you will come out deficient.

But, get the test done, see where your levels are and then take it from there.
I have heard there is a new B12 gel that some Dr's rx for deficiency. There are also B12 shots, of course.

Best wishes,

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