Deficiency of B vitamins may lead to nerve damage: P&G survey

03 September 2021 | News

Over 60% people ignore early signs of poor nerve heath Image credit: Shutterstock Image credit: Shutterstock

September commemorates the National Nutrition Month, a reminder for a greater focus on diet and nutrition, and the role it plays to help improve our overall health and wellbeing. While malnutrition can lead to many ailments, the deficiency of B vitamins may lead to nerve damage.

Results of the ‘P&G Nerve Health Survey’ conducted among 1800 respondents across 12 cities, showed that over 60 per cent of the respondents ignored early signs of poor nerve health.

Conducted by Heal Health and Hansa Research, and supported by Procter & Gamble (P&G) Health Limited, the survey also highlights that while over 90 per cent of the respondents believe that healthy nerves are important, only 38 per cent know that nerves are different from blood vessels.

“Besides other factors, people with Vitamin-B deficiencies have a higher probability for nerve impairments. Special nutritional habits or malnutrition can lead to deficiencies in certain essential vitamins, like the neurotropic-B vitamins, which play a very important role in keeping your nerves healthy and protected. Like most vitamins, B12 can’t be made by the body", shared Dr Satish Khadilkar, Dean and HOD Neurology, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences.

The P&G Nerve Health Survey, in association with Heal Health & Hansa Research, is an effort to increase awareness about nerve health, empower people to recognize the early symptoms and how it can be managed with a balanced diet and supplementation”, said Milind Thatte, MD - Procter & Gamble Health Limited.

The national survey results also revealed that 73 per cent of respondents relied upon vegetables and 69 per cent of respondents relied upon fruits for vitamin B12, which are not a source. 

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