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Vitamin B12 Check Plus Blood Test

Vitamin B12 Check Plus Blood Test

A comprehensive investigation into vitamin B12 deficiency including a full blood count plus tests for active vitamin B12, folate and ferritin.
Blood sample 18 tests included 2 working days turnaround

£79.00

Key biomarkers - see full list below

  • You are suffering symptoms of anaemia or vitamin B12 deficiency
  • You want to make sure your B12 levels are healthy
  • You want to check your levels of B9 and ferritin
The Vitamin B12 Check Plus is a profile of tests designed to thoroughly investigate vitamin B12 deficiency. Not only does it examine the levels of active vitamin B12 in the blood, it includes a full blood count to identify whether a lack of vitamin B12 is affecting the size of the red blood cells (which affects their oxygen carrying capacity), as well as tests for folate (vitamin B9) and ferritin (iron status) which can cause similar symptoms.

Vitamin B12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin that is found in virtually all meat products and certain algae such as seaweed. It helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells and is also needed to make DNA, the genetic material in all cells.

The human body stores several years' worth of vitamin B12, however, those with pernicious anaemia, vegetarians, vegans and those who have recently had gastric bypass surgery are all at a greater risk of a vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms usually develop gradually but can worsen if the condition goes untreated, they include headaches, feeling faint, pale skin and palpitations. Pernicious Anaemia (an autoimmune condition) prevents absorption by stopping the production of intrinsic factor and is the leading cause of Vitamin B12 deficiency.
Active B12 levels can be affected by use of vitamin B12 supplements. If you are taking an oral supplement then we recommend not taking it for one week prior to the test to ensure an accurate measure of your B12 levels. If vitamin B12 is being prescribed to you by your doctor then you should discuss with them how long to omit B12 supplements for.

3 simple steps

  • Take the test

    Take the test - either using your kit or visit a clinic.
  • Post your sample

    Send your sample in the freepost pack to our fully accredited lab.
  • Get your results

    Get your doctor reviewed results on my.medichecks.com.
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Important

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.