Vitamin B12

A simple blood test can help to identify a lack of certain vitamins, minerals and iron in the blood. Having a deficiency can have a significant impact on your health.

What is vitamin B-12 deficiency?

Vitamin B-12 is an important vitamin for many bodily functions, such as brain health, blood cell production, and proper nerve functioning.

Vitamin B-12 deficiency is a common condition. Many people, especially older adults and people with intestinal disorders, have trouble absorbing vitamin B-12 from food and oral supplements.

Symptoms of Vitamin B-12 Deficiency:

  • tingling in the hands and feet
  • problems with balance
  • a racing heart
  • confusion
  • dementia
  • weakness
  • loss of appetite

This test may also be taken if you are suspected of having Pernicious anaemia. Pernicious anaemia is a reduction in red blood cells. It occurs when your intestines can’t absorb vitamin B-12, which is necessary for red blood cell production. Symptoms are not often seen in people younger than 30 years old. The average age of diagnosis is 60.

Symptoms of this condition include:

  • diarrhea or constipation
  • exhaustion
  • loss of appetite
  • pale skin
  • inflamed red tongue, or gums that bleed

We can refer you for a blood test at Spire St Anthony’s Hospital in Cheam where experienced and dedicated nurses will take a blood sample to be analysed in their modern laboratories. Your blood test result will be sent to your practitioner, usually within 24 to 48 hours.