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Vitamin B12 deficiency: Expert warns of three ‘red flags’ to look out for

Haemoglobin is an iron-containing protein that transports oxygen around the body. When a person becomes deficient in vitamin B12, the blood may not be as oxygen-rich as it should be. Symptoms “show gradually”, Guerrini said, but not everybody experiences the condition in the same way. The types of symptoms, and the severity of each symptom, will depend on different factors, such as:

  • Age
  • Diet
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Medications.

“It’s worth it,” Guerrini emphasised, adding that a blood test can also pick up on other nutritional deficiencies.

“Taking vitamin B12 supplements normally brings the level up, although some people might need an extra boost if the levels are really low,” she said.

Sharing a “small tip” for those who have intestinal issues, or those who regularly take antacids, B12 supplements might work better as a spray.

“You can spray it under your tongue or inside your cheeks, bypassing the stomach bit to increase the chance of absorption,” Guerrini explained.

What can lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency?

“B12 is abundant in animal products, so vegans and vegetarians are more at risk of a B12 deficiency,” said Medical News Today.

In some cases, autoimmune disorders, cancer, alcohol addiction, or inflammatory bowel disease can also lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency.

When the bloodstream doesn’t contain enough oxygen (as seen in macrocytic anaemia), the heart begins to beat faster, inadvertently causing a rise in blood pressure.

Do get a vitamin B12 deficiency addressed as soon as possible, otherwise you’re at risk of circulatory problems and heart failure.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain reopens to visitors April 1

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — On the first day theme parks are permitted to reopen in California, Six Flags Magic Mountain will fire up its roller coasters and begin welcoming back visitors Thursday.

The park will reopen for members and pass holders Thursday and Friday, then welcome the general public starting Saturday.

Because of coronavirus concerns, tickets and reservations will be available online to California residents only.

Capacity will be limited to 15%, but will be allowed to increase to 25% on Monday, when Los Angeles County enacts loosened restrictions under the orange tier of the state’s economic reopening blueprint.

Visitors will also be limited to groups 10 or fewer, and from no more than three households. No indoor dining is permitted.

Los Angeles County’s other major theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood, will be reopening April 16. Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure theme parks in Anaheim are set to reopen April 30. Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park will reopen in May.

Six Flags Magic Mountain to reopen on April 1

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Six Flags Magic Mountain will reopen to visitors on April 1, park officials announced on Twitter Thursday. It’s the first day that theme parks are allowed to open under guidelines of the “red” tier of the state’s coronavirus reopening rules.

The park will be open for members and passholders on April 1 and 2, and then open to the general public on April 3, officials said.

Because of coronavirus concerns, tickets and reservations will be available online to California Residents only, officials said.

The move comes one day after Disneyland and California Adventure announced an April 30 reopening, more than one year after shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Disney announced Thursday.

State health officials announced earlier this month that theme parks can reopen beginning April 1 in counties that have reached the red tier of the state’s four-level Blueprint for a Safer Economy. L.A County moved into the red tier on Monday.