Vitamin B12

Men's Health & Medical Weight Loss Clinic located in Naperville, IL

Vitamin B12 services offered in Naperville, IL

Though most people in the United States get an adequate amount of vitamin B12 from the food they eat, they may have trouble absorbing the essential nutrient. At Endurance Clinic in Naperville, Illinois, Johnnie Turner, MD, provides vitamin B12 injections to treat nutritional deficiencies and boost overall health and well-being. To schedule a vitamin B12 injection, call the office or book online today.

Vitamin B12 Q&A

What is vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient your body uses to run the central nervous system and make red blood cells and DNA. Because it’s an essential nutrient, you must get vitamin B12 from food or supplements.

Vitamin B12 is only naturally found in animal products like meat, poultry, and dairy foods bound to a protein. In order for your body to absorb vitamin B12 from food, it must remove the nutrient from the protein. 

Vitamin B12 then binds with a substance called intrinsic factor in your digestive system, which helps with absorption.

If you don’t eat a lot of animal products or your body doesn't make enough or any intrinsic factor, you may have deficiencies in vitamin B12.

What are the symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency?

You need an adequate supply of vitamin B12 to make healthy red blood cells. If you’re deficient, you have vitamin B12 anemia. Symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency vary and may include:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Poor muscle control
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Tender tongue
  • Rapid heart rate

In addition to diet and lack of intrinsic factor, your risk of developing a vitamin B12 deficiency increases if you have a history of stomach surgery (bariatric surgery) or chronic gastritis.

Having a family history of vitamin B12 anemia may also put you at risk.

Who benefits from a vitamin B12 injection?

Anyone with a vitamin B12 deficiency benefits from vitamin B12 injections. This includes people who follow a vegetarian diet and those who lack intrinsic factor. Getting an injection of vitamin B12 bypasses the digestive system, ensuring you get an adequate supply of the essential nutrient.

Dr. Turner takes a holistic approach to health and performs thorough evaluations when you come in with health concerns. This evaluation may include blood work to check for nutritional deficiencies.

If you have vitamin B12 anemia, then you need vitamin B12 injections.

Dr. Turner may also recommend vitamin B12 injections for his medical weight loss patients. Many people who take vitamin B12 injections report it boosts their energy and supports their weight-loss efforts.

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, which means your body is unable to store the nutrient for later use. Therefore, there’s very little risk of toxicity from getting too much.

Dr. Turner provides the vitamin B12 injections at the office, which take only a few seconds to administer.

For comprehensive care from a patient-centered practitioner, call the Endurance Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.

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