What is Vit B12?
Vitamin B12 test measures the levels of Vitamin B12 in blood. Vitamin B12 is needed for brain health, blood cell production, and proper nerve functioning. People who are obese or eat a lot of meat also tend to have higher-than-normal levels of this vitamin and are more prone to liver disease and diabetes.
For people with high levels of B-12, treatment involves adjusting diet by eating fewer animal products, while for people with low levels, the treatment includes use of Vitamin B12 injection and supplements.
Why is Vit B12 done?
The Vitamin B12 test is performed:
- To diagnose anemia
- To diagnose neuropathy (numbness and pain due to nerve damage)
- To evaluate nutritional status
- To monitor the treatment for Vitamin B12