What are the B12 Injections?
The vitamin B12, also called cyanocobalamin, is a common medication used to treat low levels of vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 has many roles in the human body. It supports the normal function of nerve cells and is necessary for red blood cell formation and DNA synthesis. Vitamin B12 also helps your body turn fat and carbohydrates into energy.
Most people get enough vitamin B12 from diet or vitamin B supplements, but a deficiency can occur for people with certain health conditions (poor nutrition, stomach/intestinal problems, infection, cancer).
People with serious vitamin B12 deficiency can result in anemia, stomach problems and nerve damage.
B12 shots can benefit your body because:
- Boost your energy
- Improves your memory
- Helps to prevent heart disease
Who needs a B12 injection?
Anyone who is displaying any of the signs and symptoms of a B-12 deficiency or pernicious anemia should consult their doctor immediately.
Some common signs and symptoms include:
- Decreased cognitive function, such as issues with memory or understanding
- Feeling faint
- Depression or irritability
- Difficulty maintaining balance
- Sore, swollen tongue, which may be pale yellow or very red
- Heart palpitations
- Mouth ulcers
- Paresthesia (pins and needles)
- Vision changes
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