Vitamin B12 Test
A water-soluble vitamin, Vitamin B12 test plays a vital role in the normal functioning of the brain & nervous system, blood formation, and metabolism of all human body cells. The deficiency of this vitamin leads to a serious condition, pernicious anemia, which happens due to the fewer production RBCs (red blood cells) which are larger in size, reducing their ability to transport
What is The Vitamin B12 Test?
A vitamin B12 test is done to measure the amount of vitamin B12 in the blood. You need to know your vitamin b12 levels as the body needs them to produce blood cells and to maintain a healthy nervous system. The prominent sources are animal products such as meat, shellfish, milk, cheese, and eggs. Non-vegetarians generally do not develop a vitamin B12 deficiency, anemia except if their bodies can’t absorb it from the meat they eat.
Vitamin B12 is usually measured along with a folic acid test because both of them work together. Shortage of either one or both leads to a form of anemia called megaloblastic anemia. The liver stores Vitamin B12 for over a year and thus prevents anemia.
The word cyanocobalamin is used as a medical term for vitamin B12. If you ask why cyanocobalamin is the man-made form of vitamin b12 supplement helpful in bringing up its low levels in the blood. It’s mainly useful to strict vegetarians (vegans) who do not eat animal or dairy products at all.
Why Delhi Health Labs For Vitamin B12 Test?
We at Delhi Health Labs provide uncompromising, best facility and accurate reporting and results, making the same effort for each and every customer who bestows their trust in us. We know you are looking for trustworthy service at affordable rates and we strive each day to make it work just the way you want. Our blood test results and procedures are certified and can be totally trusted upon.
We aim at delivering elite services to our patients and we promise to not let you go unsatisfied. Our home services are really efficient, and we do not charge any extra money, providing you the same comfort and experience you would have experienced if you ever happen to visit our lab. You do not have to take the pain of driving all the way to us; we come to you. If you wish to have a hassle-free experience, you will choose us again and again. We perform everything required in a Vitamin B12 test as per protocol and the results are delivered without delay. We have minimal prices for our tests, such that everybody can afford them. All of this makes us your first and last choice.
Why A vitamin B12 Test Up Is Important?
Vitamin B12 is important as the body uses it to perform functions like formation, tissues, cellular repair, and DNA synthesis. Vitamin B12 is monitored for persons suffering from:
- Weak bones (osteoporosis)
- Male infertility
- Swollen tendons
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Prevention of cervical and other cancers
- Sleep and Mental disorders
Nominal levels of Vitamin B12 are what you should be looking for. Low levels of B-12 can suggest anemia, an internal parasite, and hyperthyroidism and on the other hand, high levels of B-12 may not only increase your risk for cancer but also be a sign of:
- liver disease
- certain types of leukemia
- kidney failure
Different labs may have different ways to determine normal ranges of Vitamin b12, so you need to check beforehand with the lab in charge so that it doesn’t scare you later. You may be asked to get a Vitamin B12 test if you fall into one or more of the criteria mentioned below.
- Suspected vitamin B-12 deficiency
It’s a proven fact that depression is a major sign of vitamin B-12 deficiency. There have been researches conducted for this and the conclusion of the whole process was that signs and symptoms like confusion, dementia, depression, difficulty maintaining balance, fast heartbeat, numbness, and tingling in the hands and feet are all because of lack of Vitamin B12 in the body.
- Pernicious anemia
This is the most feared one. If your body absorbs Vitamin B12 poorly, it may land you in a condition medically called “pernicious anemia.” It is more common in older people who lack something called the intrinsic factor, responsible for binding Vitamin B12 until the body absorbs it. If you are likely to suffer from it you should look out for symptoms like constipation, fatigue, loss of appetite, pale skin, weakness, weight loss
- High serum folate levels
Folic acid levels in the blood are referred to as folic acid levels High serum folate levels sometimes cover the normal symptoms of deficiency of Vitamin b12 but they might affect the nervous system.
- Symptoms of other conditions
Liver diseases are also associated with vitamin b12 test levels. If the levels are too high, you need to look out for liver problems and even diabetes and leukemia.
If you are on medications, it is likely that the Vitamin b12 levels in your body will keep fluctuating. If you are suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), then the medications you are taking will take a toll on your vitamin levels. Supplements of vitamin B12 are very necessary in such cases.
Vitamin B12 Test Cost
The best Price from any health lab approved by NABL is Rs.800-650 only. It’s a simple blood test. It can be done anytime and anywhere with no prior preparation unlike other tests which generally demand fasting or a full bladder and other such necessary conditions. As this test is considered to be a minor one, doctors generally add it along with your routine blood test. Unless and until something specific has to be checked, the cost for this test will be covered in a full body checkup package.