Is Injection Therapy for You?
It’s important to understand exactly who should consider using a B12 vitamin shot to their advantage. Your body needs vitamin B12 to function properly but cannot make it on its own. Thankfully, this vitamin is present in many different kinds of foods e.g. beef liver, eggs, clams, fish, poultry, milk and other dairy products, certain fortified cereals.
The human liver is designed to store enough vitamin B12 in the body to last for up to two years in most cases. Therefore, the majority of Americans have more than enough vitamin B12 in their systems and don’t need to worry about increasing their B12 levels.
There are, however, some people who struggle to absorb the vitamin B12 that they take in through their diets. Those over the age of 50, in particular, tend to deal with issues when it comes to their bodies absorbing the proper amount of vitamin B12.There are also other factors that can put people at risk of suffering from a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Those who smoke, abuse alcohol, have been diagnosed with diabetes, or stick to a vegetarian or vegan diet can all be at an increased risk of a vitamin B12 deficiency. The most common signs and symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency are:
- Cognitive issues, especially those that deal with memory
- Extreme fatigue
- Frequent headaches
- Problems with maintaining balance
- Changes in vision
- Megaloblastic anemia
Q & A
Can B12 deficiency symptoms point to other health issues?
Some of these symptoms, including fatigue and memory loss, can be indicative of other conditions, such as a thyroid disorder. That’s why it’s important to talk to your physician before self-diagnosing. In most cases, Dr. Kaur can perform a blood test to tell you exactly where your vitamin B12 levels stand.
What are the options for B12 treatment?
Options for B12 treatment include injections, patches and pills. With oral supplements, there can be sourcing and quality issues. Patches can cause local irritation or have insufficient absorption. Patches can also fall off or look unsightly.
What’s the Procedure Like?
If you don’t have a problem with shots in general, the process for getting a B12 shot is quick and easy. B12 is injected like any other shot near the lower back/hip area of the body.
How Much Vitamin B12 Do I Require?
In general, your daily requirement increases as you get older. In addition, pregnant and breastfeeding women also require higher amounts. If a person is truly deficient, they will likely be prescribed to get injections weekly for a length of time. Then after that, maintenance shots monthly. The amount of B12 administered is dependent on your unique situation.
What are potential side effects?
B12 injections are considered very safe and often have no side effects at all. Some of our patients experience mild redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site, but these side effects typically dissipate quickly. If you have an allergy to cobalt, chronic liver disease, kidney disease, or any type of infection, please inform Dr. Kaur during your consultation as you may not be an ideal candidate for B12 injections. In addition, certain medications can reduce the absorption (and therefore the benefits) associated with B12.
Improve Your Vitamin B12 Levels Today
Now that you know a little more about why vitamin B12 is so important, the health benefits it offers, and which form is the best, are you ready to add a B12 supplement into your regular routine?
Call VIVAA at 425-250-9999 for more information on a the suitability of a B12 injection for you.