Vitamin B-12 Shots

What is vitamin B-12?

Vitamin B-12 can be taken in the form of injections. Vitamin B-12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in many functions in the body, including:Vitamin B-!2 Shots

  • DNA synthesis
  • Energy production
  • Nerve cell health
  • Red blood cell formation
  • Neurological function

B-12 is present in many food sources (mainly animal-based), where it is bound to the protein molecules in that food. Vitamin B-12 is separated from the protein during digestion and is absorbed into the bloodstream. Adequate stomach acid is required to release the vitamin from the protein, and a substance called intrinsic factor is necessary to ensure its absorption. People who are unable to absorb vitamin B-12 properly may have pernicious anemia, which is a type of anemia characterized by a lack of intrinsic factor.

Who needs B-12 shots?

While B-12 supplements and foods fortified with the vitamin are readily available, vitamin B-12 shots are only available by prescription, so a clinical diagnosis is always necessary. t is important to note that low levels are rare in most healthy adults because the human liver stores several years’ worth of vitamin B-12. However, some groups of people are more at risk of deficiency than others and may wish to discuss the possibility of B-12 shots with their doctor. 

People with signs and symptoms of B-12 deficiency

Anyone who is displaying any of the signs and symptoms of a B-12 deficiency or pernicious anemia should consult their doctor immediately. Some common signs and symptoms include:

  • Decreased cognitive function, such as issues with memory or understanding
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Constipation
  • Feeling faint
  • Depression or irritability
  • Headache
  • Difficulty maintaining balance
  • Sore, swollen tongue, which may be pale yellow or very red
  • Heart palpitations
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Par anesthesia (pins and needles)
  • Vision changes

B-12 deficiency risk factors

Both diabetes and some medications for type 2 diabetes can increase the risk of vitamin B-12 deficiency. Also, the following risk factors can increase the chance of developing vitamin B-12 deficiency:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Smoking
  • Certain prescription medications, including antacids and some type 2 diabetes drugs
  • Having an endocrine-related autoimmune disorder, such as diabetes or a thyroid disorder
  • Eating a vegetarian or vegan diet
  • Certain gastrointestinal disorders, such as crohns disease
  • Gastric bypass or the removal of parts of the stomach
  • Aging

Benefits of B-12 Shots

There are several reasons to consider getting a B-12 shot, including:

Reduced risk of vitamin B-12 deficiency and associated complications

The most obvious benefit of receiving vitamin B-12 shots is treating a vitamin B-12 deficiency and avoiding its associated symptoms.

In addition, B-12 shots reduce the risk of some serious complications associated with vitamin B-12 deficiency including:

  • Heart disease
  • Neurocognitive disorders
  • Coordination problems (ataxia)
  • Peripheral nephropathy
  • Vision loss
  • Infertility (although this usually resolves with B-12 treatment)
  • Neural tube defects in the babies of women with B-12 deficiency.

High levels of assimilation by the body

B-12 shots bypass the stomach and are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Therefore, they are a better option than oral supplements for those who have gastrointestinal issues, including older adults who have low levels of stomach acid or intrinsic factor.

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