What should I know about pernicious anemia if I have diabetes?

Janis Jibrin, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Tingling, numbness, and pain in the feet often signal peripheral neuropathy, which can be caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency. Severe vitamin B12 deficiency is called pernicious anemia because it can cause a serious fall in the red blood cell count as well as nerve damage. Pernicious anemia results from an autoimmune process that prevents the body from absorbing the vitamin. Having type 1 diabetes, usually an autoimmune problem itself, increases your risk of developing pernicious anemia.
The Best Life Guide to Managing Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

More About this Book

The Best Life Guide to Managing Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

Bob Greene has helped millions of Americans become fit and healthy with his life-changing Best Life plan. Now, for the first time, Oprah's trusted expert on diet and fitness teams up with a leading...

Continue Learning about Anemia

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.