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What can make you more likely to have pernicious anemia?

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Some medicines, like antacids or drugs that treat type 2 diabetes, can make it harder for your body to absorb enough B-12.

A strict vegetarian diet puts you at risk for PA too, since you won’t be eating foods that are rich in B-12 like eggs, milk, and poultry.

Also, if someone else in your family has PA, your risk of having it goes up as well.

  • Autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Having part or all of your stomach or intestine taken out
  • HIV

From: What Is Pernicious Anemia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Is Pernicious Anemia?”

Pernicious Anaemia Society: “Patients FAQ,” “What are the signs and symptoms?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Vitamin B12 or folate deficiency anaemia – Diagnosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Vitamin Deficiency Anemia.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Vitamin B-12.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 08, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Is Pernicious Anemia?”

Pernicious Anaemia Society: “Patients FAQ,” “What are the signs and symptoms?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Vitamin B12 or folate deficiency anaemia – Diagnosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Vitamin Deficiency Anemia.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Vitamin B-12.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 08, 2019

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