Can Vitamin B12 Injections Help Me Lose Weight?

There’s no question that losing weight can be hard. But it can be even harder if you’re deficient in certain nutrients. In fact, if you don’t have enough vitamin B12, this may hamper your weight loss efforts.

In this blog, the health specialists at Advanced Integrative Medical Center discuss what vitamin B12 does and how it may be able to help you in your efforts to lose weight. 

The role of vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 plays a major role in your body’s functions. The vitamin helps in the formation of red blood cells and in the synthesizing of your DNA. Furthermore, B12 also helps your body break down carbohydrates, protein, and fat to supply your body with the fuel it needs to operate.

Anemia and B12

Some people can develop anemia due to low levels of vitamin B12. One of the primary symptoms of anemia is fatigue, and when B12 deficiency is the cause, injections can produce improvements in energy as red blood cells are restored. And as energy is restored, you may be able to lose more weight as you are able to increase your activity level.

Risk factors for B12 deficiency

Most natural sources of vitamin B12 come from animal-based foods, so vegetarians and vegans tend to have greater challenges maintaining B12 levels naturally. Nutritional yeast is a common source of B12 in vegetable-based diets, and some cereals and plant-based milks are also fortified with B12.

People with Type 2 diabetes who use metformin to regulate their blood sugar may be at risk of developing a B12 deficiency as a side effect of the medication. Other risk factors include:

Water solubility

Like many vitamins, B12 is water soluble, and excess amounts in your body are expelled as waste. Therefore, if your B12 levels are normal, receiving supplementary injections likely won’t help. You need to have some level of B12 deficiency to see results from injections.

Getting too much B12 usually isn’t a problem, but it can interact with some medications, so be sure to let your primary care provider know if you’re receiving extra B12.

To see if you’re deficient in vitamin B12 and to see if B12 injections might help you lose weight, book an appointment online or over the phone with Advanced Integrative Medical Center today.

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