Did you know that approximately 20% of people over the age of 50 are suffering from a vitamin B-12 deficiency? This deficiency causes fatigue, constipation, and in severe instances, neurological damage. At Atlantic Health & Wellness Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, the medical providers proudly offer vitamin B-12 injections to help patients feel their best. To make an appointment, call the office or use the online booking tool today.
Vitamin B-12 is an essential nutrient responsible for assisting your body in a variety of processes, including DNA synthesis, red blood cell formation, energy production, and neurological function.
Vitamin B-12 is found in a variety of foods, including salmon, liver, eggs, beef, and chicken. When you eat something that contains vitamin B-12, your stomach acid releases the nutrient into your bloodstream. The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) recommends that all men and women over the age of 14 consume at least 2.4 micrograms (MCG) of vitamin B-12 every day.
The symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency vary from patient to patient, but common telltale signs include:
If you’re vitamin B-12 deficient, you might also experience changes in your vision or pins and needles sensations in your arms and legs.
Anyone can develop a vitamin B-12 deficiency, but there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to develop a vitamin B-12 deficiency as you get older. After you turn 50, make sure to ask your doctor to monitor your vitamin B-12 levels at your annual physical.
The only way to determine if you’re a good candidate for vitamin B-12 shots is to make an appointment with the team at Atlantic Health & Wellness Center. Following a review of your medical history, physical exam, and discussion of your symptoms, the team can formulate a treatment plan that aligns with your needs.
If necessary, the team might also order a blood test to check for other potential deficiencies.
Vitamin B-12 shots treat vitamin B-12 deficiency, but a growing body of evidence suggests this type of injection can also improve your cardiovascular health, improve coordination, and treat peripheral neuropathy. Vitamin B-12 shots can also promote fertility.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of vitamin B-12 shots, make an appointment at Atlantic Health & Wellness Center today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.