Vitamin B12 test is a simple and inexpensive blood test done to measure the level of vitamin B12 in the blood. Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin and it is also known as “cobalamin”. It plays an important role in various body functions.
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What is the role of vitamin B12 in our body?
Vitamin B12 and other B vitamins play a role in producing chemicals that affect our mood and other brain functions. Vitamin B12 not only facilitates smooth functioning of the nerve tissue but is also essential for the formation of red blood cells resulting in a healthy immune system. It helps in absorbing the folic acid, which aids the release of energy.
For the proliferation of cells, an adequate amount of vitamin B12 is necessary. Millions of red blood cells are produced by our body every minute and this production can decrease if there is a deficiency of Vitamin B12, resulting in anemia.
Why is a vitamin B12 test done?
Vitamin B12 test is done to measure the level of vitamin B12 when an individual experiences the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency. Some of the most common signs of vitamin B12 deficiency include:
- Mental illness like depression, memory loss
- Rapid heartbeat
- Pale skin
- Vision loss
- Loss of appetite and more
If left untreated, Vitamin B12 deficiency can also lead to anemia or nerve and brain damage which can eventually become irreparable. Vitamin B12 deficient patients have a high possibility of developing pernicious anemia, a type of blood disorder.
If you experience symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, you must consult your doctor for a Vitamin B12 and Folate/Folic acid test.
What are the foods that are rich in vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products like mutton, eggs, fish, and dairy. In case you have Vitamin B12 deficiency and you do not consume animal products, you must change your diet to Vitamin B12-fortified grains, supplements, a high-dose of oral Vitamin B12 or B12 injections. The elderly must intake a B12 supplement or a multivitamin containing B12.
How is the vitamin B12 test performed?
Vitamin B12 test is performed similarly to that of any other blood test. During the test, the phlebotomist will inject a needle into the vein in the upper arm and collect the blood sample in a test tube. The collected blood sample will be sent to the laboratory for testing.
There are no preparations required for the vitamin B12 test and there are no risks or complications involved in the test.
What does the vitamin B12 test result interpret?
The normal levels of vitamin B12 in the blood range between 200 and 600 pg/ml (picograms per milliliter). If your vitamin B12 levels are below 150 pg/ml, then you are deficient in vitamin B12 and if your B12 levels are above 800 pg/ml, then you are considered to have high levels of vitamin B12.
Low levels of vitamin B12 can sometimes lead to temporary infertility in women.