Vitamin B-12 is an important vitamin for many bodily functions, such as brain health, blood cell production, and proper nerve functioning.
Vitamin B12 and folate tests measures the vitamin levels in the liquid portion of the blood (serum or plasma) to identify deficiencies. Sometimes the amount of folate inside red blood cells may also be measured.
- This help diagnose one cause of anemia or neuropathy.
- To evaluate the nourishment status in some people.
- To monitor the effectiveness of treatment for vitamin B12 or folate deficiency.
A need for a B-12 test, if you have;
- Loss of appetite
- Tingling in the hands and feet
- A racing heart
- Problems with balance
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Pale skin
- Inflamed red tongue, or gums that bleed
- Pernicious anemia- 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.
The average age of diagnosis is around 60, symptoms are not basically visible for people younger than 30 years.
High levels of B-12 can also be a sign of:
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