You've probably heard of B12. This powerful nutrient is essential for cell and DNA production, nerve health, and brain function. If you don’t have enough B12, you can suffer from anemia, nerve damage, exhaustion, mouth sores, and blurred vision.
Your body doesn’t produce its own B12, and the only way to get the nutrient is through supplements, or by eating animal proteins like meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and milk. Unfortunately, people who diet may be denying themselves enough B12. For example, if you’re a vegan or vegetarian, there’s a chance you’re not getting enough of this essential nutrient.
At Life Point Medical, Dr. Timothy Scott Beck offers B12 injections that will help you avoid a deficiency. These injections also have several other benefits, like helping you lose weight.
How can B12 injections help you lose weight?
Losing weight comes down to eating fewer calories than your body burns. Successful weight loss is all about balancing the food you eat with how well your body burns fat. Physical activity is also important because it helps burn those extra calories.
You might be wondering how B12 plays a role. Well, this nutrient helps your metabolism function at peak levels. And if you don’t get enough B12, your energy can droop, and your metabolism can slow down.
People who suffer from a B12 deficiency either aren’t eating enough B12-packed foods, or they suffer from a medical condition that makes it hard or impossible for them to absorb B12 from food.
When you don’t exercise enough, losing weight is even harder. Your body will struggle to break down carbohydrates and convert fats and proteins into energy.
How do B12 injections work?
B12 injections help you get enough of the nutrient for your cells and metabolism to function properly.
When you visit our office, we'll administer the shot into your muscle tissue, so it can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. This injection allows the B12 to hit your blood without first being digested and broken down by stomach acids, which is the typical way your body absorbs B12.
B12 injections don’t hurt any more than a flu shot or any other standard injection. Expect a mild poke or pinch at the injection site. Your particular medical needs determine how many and how often you’ll need B12 injections.
Besides helping you lose weight, B12 injections have many other benefits. They can support bone health and prevent osteoporosis, as well as improve your overall mood. Having the right levels of B12 in your body will keep your bones from becoming brittle as you age. And since B12 gives you energy, you'll feel better on the inside.
Do you struggle with excess weight? Do you suspect you have a B12 shortage? Contact our office to discuss how B12 injections can help. You can call us at 706-534-6566 or request an appointment online.