Vitamin B12 is one of several water-soluble B vitamins that your body needs to survive. Without sufficient amounts of this vitamin, you may experience a variety of uncomfortable symptoms that could significantly injure your body, and you may feel fatigued and run-down. Although vitamin B12 is found in many foods, such as meat and other animal products, some people do not get enough of it in their diets. While there are numerous pills and patches on the market today, the best option for a deficiency of vitamin B12 is the injection. Check out some of the top reasons why you may need to consider a B12 injection.
You Have Poor Nutrition
If you do not eat a well-balanced diet, you may be at risk for B12 deficiency. This could also be the case if you do eat well but struggle with digestive issues, such as Crohn’s disease. With certain diseases and after certain gastrointestinal surgeries, your digestive tract may not act as it should and may not be able to get enough vitamin B12 from your foods.
You Are a Vegetarian or Vegan
Because vitamin B12 is found mostly in meats and animal products, vegetarians and vegans are at high risk of a deficiency. In fact, one study showed that around half of vegans who were tested were low in this important vitamin. This is particularly important for vegans who are pregnant as this nutrient is vital for proper infant growth.
You Are a Senior Citizen
As you age, your digestive tract may have increasing difficulty in digesting your foods and gathering vitamin B12 from them. Additionally, you may have increased numbers of bacteria in your GI tract that use large amounts of the B12 that you do have.
You Have a Certain Chronic Disease
Besides digestive disease, certain chronic diseases are associated with low levels of B12. In particular, this includes a variety of autoimmune diseases that are tied to the endocrine system as well as thyroid disease, diabetes, Lou Gehrig disease, and osteoporosis.
You Have Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Even if you do not fall into the above categories, you may still notice certain symptoms that could denote a B12 deficiency. These could include fatigue, poor memory, headaches, heart palpitations, faintness and constipation among others.
If you believe that you are experiencing some of the common symptoms of a deficiency, contact us today. At Potomac Rejuvenation Center we can check your vitamin B levels and discuss your candidacy for vitamin B12 injections. We would encourage you to come in as soon as you can to get this situation addressed and to get back to feeling as good as you possibly can.