B-12 Shot

What is B-12?                                                                                                                                    B-12 is required vitamin for the proper function and development of the brain, nerves, blood cells, and many other parts of the body. Vitamin B12 also plays an important role in the breakdown or metabolism of fats and carbohydrates and has a role in protein synthesis.

B-12 Deficiency?                                                                                                                          Severe vitamin B12 deficiency causes neurologic (nerve) disease and anemia. Even subtle B12 deficiency without anemia, is associated with dementia and low cognitive function. To avoid these consequences maintaining proper levels of B-12 is recommended. If you believe that you are suffering from severe Vit B-12 deficiency you should present immediately to the nearest emergency room.

People at Risk                                                                                                                            Special populations with either the inability to properly absorb food or those with low intake of liver, milk, fish, and meat. Animal products are the only dietary sources of Vitamin B-12 for humans.

1: Older adults
2: Alcoholics
3: Strict vegans
4: People with limited access to meat                                                                                               
5: Those suffering from malnutrition due to their socio/economic status or geographic location.                                                                                                                                                 6: Those who have undergone bariatric surgery are at risk of developing vitamin B-12 deficiency.

B-12 Therapy                                                                                                                                       We offer therapy to replace and supplement your B-12 level if you are suspecting mild deficiency or are in a high risk group.

Recommended therapy is 6-12 weeks of 1000 mcg of Vit B-12 via intramuscular injection.