Everybody has their own principal in life, including the type of diet they choose. While we respect all choices in life, we remind you guys to practice balance.
According to Oriental Daily, a woman, identified only by her surname, Tan, in her 50s risked getting paralyzed after practicing a strict vegetarian diet for over three decades. She used to be overweight when she was in her 20s, she reportedly weighed about 55kg at 160cm tall.
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Determined to lose weight, she decided to become a vegetarian. After getting some pretty amazing results from making the switch, she was able to maintain her body weight at 45kg.
“I stay away from meat and oily food. As such, my body weight dropped to 45kg and I’ve been maintaining this lifestyle for 30 years.
“Recently, I feel like my feet are uneven while walking, it feels like I’m stepping on some cotton. Plus, both my legs and hands often feel numb.”
Worried about her condition, she quickly sought medical help at a hospital, where the doctor shockingly discovered that her spinal neurons were damaged on various degrees! This is rather unusual as such condition is usually seen in diabetic or malnourished patients.
Further examinations revealed that Tan was suffering from severe vitamin B12 deficiency, which is an essential nutrient that is responsible for repairing neurons. In fact, the level of vitamin B12 in Tan’s body is only 10% of an average human.
According to the neurologist at the hospital, vitamin B12 helps protect and support the growth of neurons in the human body. Every food has a different amount of vitamin B12 and meat usually has a higher percentage of it.
With that being said, vegetarians like Tan are more susceptible to this complication. If the neurons are severely damaged due to vitamin B12 deficiency, the patient may not be able to walk and has to be bed-ridden, muscle shrinkage may also occur in certain cases.
If you look up on the internet, you’d find that a vegetarian diet is linked to vitamin B12 deficiency, and possibly heart disease. Vegetarians who exclude milk and eggs are especially prone to this condition.
The doctor said, while it’s true that a vegetarian diet can help tremendously in losing weight, it is still not advisable to practice it over a long period of time. If anything, vegetarians are encouraged to take vitamin B12 supplements or yeast extract, like Marmite, since they’re not consuming dairy and meat products!
We pray that Tan is doing well now and we hope her damaged spinal neurons would be reversible and that she can fully recover. Whatever diet you plan to go on, make sure you do your research beforehand.
(Source: Oriental Daily / WOB)