Many people suffer from B12 vitamin deficiency, especially with the growing popularity of veganism, vegetarianism, and other specialty diets and lifestyles. Others who may be more susceptible to vitamin B12 deficiency are patients diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or celiac disease, and those who have undergone intestinal procedures such as weight loss surgery.
Even though vitamin deficiency can go undetected, there are adverse effects if your body is not getting enough of the nutrition it needs to function at its best. In some cases, untreated vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to behavioral and health issues such as decreased brain function, depression, osteoporosis, and macular degeneration. One way to help combat the development of those conditions and fulfill your dietary needs is by supplementation.
While many who are deficient opt for oral, over-the-counter supplements, we recommend approaching the deficiency head-on with B12 injections. This form of supplementation is beneficial and safe and can help treat a variety of symptoms while preventing damage to the body from the deficiency. In fact, some who aren’t deficient in vitamin B12 choose to take advantage of this supplementation as it offers a variety of health and behavioral benefits such as increased energy, improvements in mood, and weight loss.
At Susan A. Baker, MD, we understand that not everyone can meet their daily nutritional needs through food alone. Whether you are on a special diet or have poor absorption of nutrients, we are here to help. For more information about B12 injections or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (310) 274-7770.