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Vitamin B12 Test

Happy living is a God-given gift. It is necessary to be healthy to make it into reality. Nowadays, living standards are going worst due to global warming instead of in ancient days. So, everyone has to take care of health by having some physical exercises and also meditation. Regular health checkups are also advisable to monitor health.

Pathlab360 offers home collection services for vitamin B12 cyanocobalamin to test for nutritional disorders. A vitamin B12 test measures the amount of vitamin B12 in the blood. The body needs this B vitamin to make blood cells and maintain a healthy nervous system. Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin required by the body for several metabolic functions. This test is recommended when your doctor feel that you are suffering from a deficiency of this vitamin.

No need to go anywhere for various blood tests, all blood tests such as kidney function test, liver function test, thyroid function test, blood sugar test, Preventive Health Checkup, CBC Test, full body checkup test, Lipid Profile test, Quadruple Marker Test, vitamin d3 test, vitamin b12 test and HbA1C test, etc are provided at all our branches across the Delhi NCR, such as Gurgaon, Noida, Noida Extension, Greater Noida, Raj Nagar Extension, Vaishali, Ghaziabad, Indirapuram, Faridabad, and Dwarka. Ours is a well-established diagnostic, pathological lab with all advanced lab equipment. We always keep the environment customer-friendly, and our lab technicians have sound experience.

Test unit-pg/ml | Sample Required-2ml serum

What foods should I eat to boost vitamin B12 levels?

  • Clams
  • Chicken
  • Milk
  • Beef
  • Crabs
  • Fortified cereals
  • Turkey
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Oysters

The American Diabetes Association recommends testing HbA1c at least twice a year.

Cost of vitamin B12=>Rs.1000/-

Pre Test information:

Overnight fasting is mandatory. Wrap sample in aluminum foil to protect from light. The lab technician will collect a blood sample from the Patient by a small needle pierce. The blood will then be processed in the lab.

Importance of vitamin B12:

  • Vitamin B12 is involved in brain health, blood cell production and proper nerve functioning.
  • Adults, vegetarians, and vegans are prone to this deficiency.
  • Low levels of B12 can be a sign of a liver problem, leukemia or diabetes. High levels of vitamin B12 is common in people who eat a lot of meat or obese.

When to get tested?

Your doctor might recommend this test if you have

  • Problem with balance
  • Weakness
  • Dementia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unusual heart beats
  • Tingling in hands
  • Confusion
  • Pernicious anemia
  • High folate levels

Symptoms of Pernicious anemia:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Pale skin
  • Inflamed tongue
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue

High Serum folate levels:

High Serum folate levels usually mask vitamin B12 deficiency.

People who need to get the levels tested:

Vitamin B12 is not naturally produced in the body. It can be obtained from food source most of which in animal products. So older adults, children, vegans, vegetarians, Diabetic, New mothers who are breast feeding, Celiac disease, Atrophic gastritis, people on proton pump inhibitor medications.

Results: The test will look after following levels:

  • Overall Vitamin B12
  • Methylmalonic acid(MMA)
  • Homocycteine
  • HoloTc

Vitamin B12 levels below 150pg/mL are considered low, 200-600pg/mL is considered normal and 800 is considered high. Both high & low levels may indicate a problem.

Vitamin B12 shots:

Vitamin B12 supplements are easily available in the market. You can find over the counter Vitamin B12 pills, patch, nasal spray and even shots. While pills are usually recommended those whose bodies don’t absorb B12 via their intestines prefer vitamin B12 shots. These shots are known as cobalamin shots and used for treating vitamin B12 deficiency patients.

Advantages of vitamin B12 shots:

  • Long term use
  • Absorbs more quickly
  • Quick energy boost

Disadvantages of vitamin B12 shots:

  • Expensive
  • Painful joints (If you are resistant to injections)
  • Can lead to nerve infection or damage
  • Formation of injection scars
  • Vitamins lost through urine
  • Upset stomach

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