Things You Should Know About Vitamin B12 Shots
Vitamin B12 injections are helpful for rapidly increasing the vitamin B12 level in the blood. B12 injections are a rapid means of improving the immune system’s effectiveness and can help protect against infections and diseases. People who have a deficit may benefit from vitamin B12 treatments to boost energy, enhance memory, and improve their quality of life. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 107 Edinburgh S. Drive, Suite 215 Cary, NC 27511.
Table of Contents:
What are the benefits of vitamin B12?
What are some facts about B12 deficiency?
Who is most at risk for vitamin B12?
What happens when you start taking B12?
It can become tricky to ensure that your diet contains enough of all of the necessary vitamins to maintain the health of your body. Vitamin B12 is one of those vitamins that are only really naturally attained through diet, making anyone who has dietary restrictions or trouble absorbing vitamins through diet alone at risk of suffering from a deficiency.
Vitamin B12 is a very important aspect of the health of our nerve cells, and our body’s blood, and works to help make the DNA in all of our cells. Having a sufficient amount of B12 in our bodies will improve overall cognitive functioning, as well as ensure that our bodies have enough energy to get through the day. Their presence will help to keep your bones healthy and has been shown to lower the risk of osteoporosis and maintain a healthy bone density, which keeps them strong. This vitamin is also necessary for producing the chemical serotonin, which works as a mood regulator, so having an increased or healthy amount of vitamin B12 will also boost mood. Overall, if you have enough vitamin B12 in your body, you should have an increased level of cognitive functioning, and energy, and are more likely to be in a good mood.
Due to the importance of sufficient levels of vitamin B12, there are a few obvious indicators that can affect your general well-being and may even be observable to others. With a vitamin B12 deficiency comes the risk of suffering from megaloblastic anemia, including symptoms of fatigue, weakness, pale skin, lack of appetite, infertility, and unexplained weight loss. Having megaloblastic anemia can make you more at risk of suffering from osteoporosis, problems with your vision, struggle with memory, worsened cognitive functioning, and if you were to become pregnant, it increases the risk of birth defects in the fetus. Vitamin deficiency has also been shown to provide psychological symptoms as well including feelings of depression, irritability, and other significant changes in behavior.
Most of us are able to get a sufficient amount of vitamin B12 purely through diet, but there are some cases where dietary restrictions make consuming the vitamin through food incredibly difficult, or where the body is not able to absorb the amount of vitamin B12 that it requires. Some diseases that make you at higher risk of having a deficiency include gastritis, digestive diseases such as celiac disease or Crohn’s disease, HIV, or an alcohol abuse disorder. Megaloblastic anemia can also run in the family, making some people more likely to develop the disease due to family history than others. Those who are aged 60 years or older or have recently undergone surgery are also more likely to develop a vitamin B12 deficiency. Some medications have also been shown to increase the risk of a deficiency.
Many people will opt to take vitamin B12 supplements to counteract their deficiency or will start receiving vitamin B12 injections to experience the benefits at a faster rate. Once the quantity of vitamin B12 that is absorbed in the body is sufficient, patients should notice a significant increase in their energy levels, an improvement in their overall cognitive functioning that may improve their memory and ability to think, as well as a considerable boost to their general mood. Since vitamin B12 is so vital for our proper functioning, finally absorbing enough of the vitamin will allow patients to just feel better in general as their red blood cells are able to get enough oxygen and the serotonin levels are elevated.
Daily functioning should become noticeably easier as well once the vitamin levels are maintained at a healthy level. The vitamins may take some time to fully absorb into the body, meaning with injections it may take a few days or weeks before the effects are noticeable, and may take a bit longer for vitamin supplements, but at the recommendation of a doctor, you should definitely feel better with the correct amount of vitamin B12 being taken regularly.
If you don’t consume sufficient vitamin B-12 then the majority of the cells in your body will suffer and fight to receive enough oxygen. That might have an impact on your mood, energy level, and other things. Dr. Joshua D. Dobstaff, MD provides safe and effective vitamin B12 injections at InShape Medical. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 107 Edinburgh S. Drive, Suite 215 Cary, NC 27511. We serve clients from Cary NC, Raleigh NC, Durham NC, Chapel Hill NC, Apex NC, Pittsboro NC, and Garner NC.