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Advanced Vitamin B12 Blood Test
Advanced Vitamin B12 Blood Test
Advanced Vitamin B12 Blood Test
Advanced Vitamin B12 Blood Test
Advanced Vitamin B12 Blood Test

Advanced Vitamin B12 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 biomarkers included 2 working days turnaround
from sample receipt at lab

What's included?

Biomarker profiles

  • Iron Status
  • Clotting Status
  • Red Blood Cells
  • White Blood Cells
  • Vitamins

Iron Status (1 Biomarker)

Clotting Status (2 Biomarkers)

Red Blood Cells (7 Biomarkers)

White Blood Cells (6 Biomarkers)

Vitamins (2 Biomarkers)

Special instructions

Do not take biotin supplements for 2 days prior to this test. If you are taking prescribed biotin you should discuss this with your doctor. Do not take vitamin B12 for one week prior to this test. If your B12 is prescribed ask your doctor whether you should stop before testing. You should take this test before you take any vitamin or mineral supplements.
Formerly known as Vitamin B12 Check Plus Blood Test

The Advanced Vitamin B12 Blood Test 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.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

Why take this test?

  • 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

How it works

  • Take the test

    Collect your sample at home, visit a partner clinic, or we can even send a nurse to you.
  • Post your sample

    Send your sample back on the same day you take it in the freepost pack to our laboratory.
  • Get your results

    View your results with doctor's advice on your personal dashboard.
Laboratories you can trust

Laboratories you can trust

Trusted by the NHS and private clinics alike, you can be sure of the highest testing standards from our fully accredited partner laboratories.

Expert interpretation <br>
of your results

Expert interpretation
of your results

One of our team of doctors will review your results and give you personalised advice based on your medical history, lifestyle and health and fitness goals.

Your personal<br>
health centre

Your personal
health centre

Discover the easy way to track your health through our online portal, my.medichecks.com. View your results with doctor's advice, monitor any changes over time and see the improvements you can make to your health with simple lifestyle changes.

Questions? Let us help

Questions? Let us help

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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.