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Vitamin B12 Blood Test

Vitamin B12 Blood Test

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Biomarker/Parameter Tested with this Vitamin B12 Blood Test Kit

Vitamin B12

A vitamin B12 blood self-test kit. This test measures the amount of vitamin B12 in your blood. Valuable in assessing B12 levels and diagnosing potential deficiencies or abnormalities in its metabolism.

Vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, is essential for various bodily functions, including the formation of red blood cells, DNA synthesis, neurological function, and the maintenance of healthy nerves. A deficiency in vitamin B12 can lead to a range of symptoms and health complications, including fatigue, weakness, anemia, neurological issues such as numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, cognitive impairment, and mood disturbances.

The B12 blood test is helpful in several ways:

1. **Diagnosing Vitamin B12 Deficiency:** The test helps healthcare providers diagnose whether an individual has low levels of vitamin B12 in their bloodstream. This is particularly important for individuals experiencing symptoms associated with B12 deficiency, such as fatigue, weakness, and neurological problems.

2. **Identifying the Cause of Anaemia:** Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia, characterized by the production of abnormally large red blood cells. The B12 blood test can help differentiate between megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency and other types of anemia.

3. **Monitoring Treatment:** For individuals diagnosed with B12 deficiency, the blood test is useful in monitoring the effectiveness of B12 supplementation or treatment. It helps healthcare providers ensure that B12 levels are adequately restored to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications.

4. **Assessing Risk Factors:** Certain individuals are at an increased risk of developing vitamin B12 deficiency, including older adults, vegetarians and vegans (who may not consume enough B12 from animal-derived foods), individuals with gastrointestinal disorders that impair B12 absorption (such as pernicious anemia or celiac disease), and those who have undergone gastrointestinal surgery. The B12 blood test can help identify individuals at risk and facilitate early intervention.

Overall, the vitamin B12 blood test is a valuable tool in evaluating B12 status, diagnosing deficiencies, and guiding appropriate treatment and management strategies to optimize health and well-being.

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  • Order kit

    Order the kit that you want based on what you want to be tested. We ship all orders placed before 1pm same day.

  • Collect your sample at home

    Collect your own sample using a simple finger prick. Everything you need will be included in the kit.

  • Send your sample to the lab

    Simply drop in any red letter box. No need to arrange for courier pickup or pay for returns. Remember to register online using the unique sample ID to get your results.

  • Receive results

    We will analyse your sample and send you results by email within 24-48 hours. A copy can be sent to your GP/surgery if you wish.