A vitamin B12 injection is one of the most effective treatments for a vitamin B12 deficiency. There are many symptoms that may develop if a person has a vitamin B12 deficiency such as weight gain, hair loss, sleeplessness, lack of energy and damaged nerves. If you have any of these symptoms, our specialist may prescribe a series of vitamin B12 injections that could be combined with other treatments according to your unique symptoms.
For many people, B12 injections are more beneficial than oral supplements because the vitamin is immediately available to the body. Injections put the vitamin directly into the bloodstream and do not require digestion in the stomach. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), injections are beneficial for people who have intestinal disorders or have had intestinal surgery.
Anemia may develop if B12 is not absorbed during digestion. The symptoms of anemia are weakness, diarrhea, paleness, fever, weight loss and numbness in the extremities. In extreme cases, there may be memory loss, confusion, difficulty balancing and moodiness. The NIH and the Mayo Clinic state that pernicious anemia occurs in one to two percent of adults and is treated with high-dose B12 injections.
Everyday fatigue is another common symptom of a B12 deficiency. This may be because B12 is required for the body to change fat and carbohydrates into energy. The Mayo Clinic is currently doing research on the effects of B12 on dementia, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, breast cancer and high cholesterol as well as other diseases.
You may not have any serious disease, but if you have any of the following symptoms, it is worth finding out if B12 injections may help.
• Difficulty losing weight
• Hair loss and brittle, breaking fingernails
• Lack of energy
• Feeling depressed and a lack of concentration
Vitamin B12 is naturally found in meat, eggs and dairy products, and many people get the amount their body needs from nutrition alone. However, even a slight B12 deficiency may cause minor problems that get worse if the deficiency is not treated.
When you have a consultation with our specialist at Anazao MD in Steamboat Springs, you may learn more about the benefits of vitamin B12 injections and if they are a good option for your symptoms. Contact us today to book an appointment.