Vitamin B12, a substance commonly found in animal products, is important for maintaining healthy blood cells and nerves in the body. Some groups which may not be getting enough Vitamin B12 from their diet include older adults above the age of 50, individuals with pernicious anemia, individuals who have had gastrointestinal surgeries, individuals with digestive disorders, and/or individuals who consume minimal animal products. Further, some medications which may interfere with B12 absorption in the body include chloramphenicol, proton pump inhibitors, histamine receptor antagonists, and metformin.
Deficiency in Vitamin B12 can lead to symptoms including tiredness, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, weight loss, megaloblastic anemia, numbness and tingling in the hands or feet, balance issues, depression, confusion, demencia, poor memory, and soreness of the mouth or tongue.
What can B12 shots do for you? B12 shots can decrease the risk of megaloblastic anemia, osteoporosis, macular degeneration, depression, certain birth defects including those relating to the brain and the spinal cord, and memory loss related to Vitamin B12 deficiency.
Written by Pooja Villatharasan
At Integrative Pain and Wellness Center we care about all of our patients and that is why all of our Direct Primary Care (DPC) members are eligible for a free B12 shot every month. Walk in shots are $20/each.
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