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B12 Shots Questions and Answers
Discover the benefits of the B12 shots offered here at Elixir Aesthetics. For more information on vitamin B12 shots, read our Q and A page or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Denver CO, Wheat Ridge CO, Arvada CO, Berkley CO, and Derby CO.
B12 is an essential vitamin. It helps make DNA and keeps the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent megaloblastic anemia, which makes people tired and weak. Although not fully understood, vitamin B12 may improve your mood. Deficiency in this vitamin can lead to loss of neurons, loss of bone density and birth defects (when in early pregnancy).
What does a B12 shot do for you?
There are many benefits of vitamin B12 injections. If you have a vitamin deficiency, they may be a good option for you. Your doctor has the ability to recognize the symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency and may order a test to confirm the diagnosis. On top of correcting your body’s deficiency, injections may deliver many health benefits such as help reduce your risk of serious disease. This includes:
- Increased energy levels
- Weight loss
- Better sleep
- Improve concentration and mood
- Boosts your immune system
- Stop hair loss
- Improve fertility
How long does a B12 shot last?
As everyone is different, it is impossible to say with 100% certainty how long a vitamin B12 injection lasts in the body. It all depends on how often you receive vitamin B12 shots and how your body reacts to vitamin B12 shots. To put it simply, it is different for everyone.
A multitude of studies show that many people are unable to absorb or store sufficient amounts of vitamin B12. Ranging from serious (medical) to minor (diet), these absorption and storage issues stem from a variety of reasons. As injections are more easily and quickly absorbed by the body, many people use B12 injections as opposed to oral supplements.
However, research performed by doctors explains that when people can properly absorb and store vitamin B12, it is stored within the body from between 3 to 5 years.
Just one of the many reasons the body stores vitamin B12 is because it is necessary for the proper development of red blood cells, which are essential in reducing the risk of conditions such as pernicious anemia and other ailments that can lead to further complications.
How often should you get a B12 shot?
It is a good idea to develop an injection routine that works best for your specific body type. This could be daily, weekly, monthly or at another other interval appropriate for your physiology. You should maintain a routine until your symptoms clear up, and then follow your doctor’s specific maintenance regimen if you suffer from conditions that lead to B12 deficiencies or already have a deficiency.
By taking a full blood count, your doctor can help you figure out how well your body stores B12. There are also methylmalonic acid (MMA) tests which provide a more complete analysis of the vitamin B12 available in your body. These results will assist your doctor in designing a proper routine that works best for you.
Who needs B12 shots?
Everyone can benefit from receiving a vitamin B12 shot. The people who are at the highest risk of B12 insufficiency or deficiency are older adults, those with atrophic gastritis, gastrointestinal disorders, pernicious anemia, those who have had gastrointestinal surgery, vegans and vegetarians. People who take certain medications may also be at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, including, but not limited to, estrogen, H2 receptor antagonists, PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors), Chloramphenicol and Metformin.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of fatigue or weakness or other symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, come to Elixir Aesthetics today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in performing vitamin B12 shots and can help restore balance to your body! For more information on our vitamin B12 shots, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our vitamin B12 shot specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.