Vitamin B12 injections

We all wish we had a little more energy from time to time or could focus a little better on our work. If you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, injections of vitamin B12 may help! Perfect Health is pleased to offer vitamin B12 injections to our community, helping improve the health and wellness of the individuals we see.

Vitamin B12 and your health

It’s important to understand the function of this important vitamin before deciding if you need injections. Vitamin B12 is water-soluble. Also known as cobalamin, this vitamin plays many important roles in your body, including:

DNA synthesis

The healthy formation of DNA can help prevent many serious diseases, including cancer.

Energy production

Vitamin B12 helps your body break food into glucose and give you energy. This also helps sustain your metabolism. Lack of energy leads to chronic fatigue or dizziness. A slow metabolism can contribute to weight gain. We offer B12 injections and weight loss services in Augusta and weight loss services in Evans, GA.

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Nerve cell health

B12 helps make and maintain the myelin sheath that surrounds and protects nerves. When the myelin becomes damaged, nerves may not function properly. This can lead to peripheral neuropathy, which is a feeling of numbness or tingling in your hands, fingers or feet.

Red blood cell formation

It helps make red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout your body. If you do not have enough red blood cells, you may become anemic.

Neurological function

B12 helps ensure the proper functioning and development of the brain and nerve cells. Damaged nerve cells can make it more difficult to focus and concentrate. Low levels can also lead to mental health issues, including anxiety and depression. This is particularly true for adults over the age of 40.

Benefits of vitamin B12 injections

There are many benefits of vitamin B12 injections. They may be a good option for you if you have a vitamin deficiency. Your doctor can recognize the symptoms of deficiency and may order a test to confirm the diagnosis.

In addition to correcting your body’s deficiency, injections may help reduce your risk of serious disease and deliver other benefits. This includes:
  • Increased energy levels
  • Weight loss
  • Better sleep
  • Improve concentration and mood
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Stop hair loss
  • Improve fertility

Vitamin B12 deficiency

A vitamin B12 deficiency occurs when your body doesn’t make or store enough of the vitamin. It can also happen if your body doesn’t properly absorb it. You may be at risk of developing a deficiency if you:
  • Are older - Adults over the age of 65 are most likely to experience a deficiency, but it can also happen among younger individuals.
  • Are vegan or vegetarian - Animal protein is a good source of B12, so individuals who eat only a plant-based diet may be at higher risk of a deficiency.
  • Have gastrointestinal issues - Chronic diseases like celiac disease or Crohn’s disease can keep your body from properly absorbing this B vitamin.
Other common risk factors include:
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Certain prescriptions, including antacids 

Signs and symptoms from a vitamin B12 deficiency

Certain signs or symptoms may indicate you have a B12 deficiency. During an office visit, your provider should screen for the most common signs, including:
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Heart palpitations
  • Memory loss
  • Numbness or tingling in extremities
  • Poor balance
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen tongue
  • Weakness 
A test may be ordered to confirm your deficiency and rule out other conditions.

What is a B12 shot?

A B12 shot contains high levels of cyanocobalamin, which quickly elevates B12 levels in the body. Injections are water-soluble, which helps your body store and use the vitamin as it’s needed. Shots can be self-administered or given by a doctor. You need a prescription for injections.

B12 shot benefits

A B12 shot is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. This gives you a direct dose of the vitamin and bypasses the stomach, where some of the nutrient may be lost. A shot may be a better fit for you if you are experiencing symptoms of a deficiency.

How long do b12 injections last?

B12 injections typically last for a week. Your doctor will discuss an injection schedule that’s right for you - one that meets your goals.

Do you need a prescription for b12 injections?

Yes, you need a prescription. Perfect Health providers are able to evaluate patients for B12 deficiency. Our on-site pharmacy makes it convenient to receive your shot - right here in our office.

How much does it cost to get a b12 shot?

The cost of a B12 shot can vary based on your insurance. Typically, they cost about $50-80.

Does Perfect Health give b12 shots?

We offer in-office B12 shots. We also offer a wide variety of other services including in-house EKG testing, pinkeye treatment, sports physicals, x-ray services, care for the flu, and much more.  
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