Vitamin B12 is essential for healthy life, playing a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, whether you have diabetes or not. It’s found in food sources such as meat, fish, dairy products and eggs. B12 deficiency(anaemia) can be more common in older people not eating enough of these major food sources. Symptoms can include persistent tiredness, breathlessness, feeling faint, headaches, lack of appetite and numbness in hands and feet. A doctor can administer a blood test to determine the B12 levels in your blood. A modification of diet may be required although Vitamin B12 is the one vitamin that is better obtained from supplements than from foods.
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