Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin, essential for the normal functioning of many body processes. Deficiency can lead to anaemia (poor quality red blood cells) and neurological (nerve) disorders. It is most abundant in meat products so vegetarians are more vulnerable to deficiency of this vitamin.
Pernicious anaemia develops if uptake of vitamin B12 into the blood from the gut is absent or severely impaired, and even if a diet rich in the vitamin is taken, deficiency will occur if this disease is present. Recent evidence suggests that mild deficiency is probably more common than previously thought. Mild deficiency may explain the presence of fatigue and a host of other limiting symptoms which is why we have included it within the PLUS V and PLUS X health screening profiles.
This private blood assessment for Active Vitamin B12 is offered at over thirty two private hospitals across England, Scotland and Wales.
Included in every test request for Active Vitamin B12 are a Doctors Referral, all Phlebotomy fees (your blood taken at a Private Hospital), all laboratory fees and includes our GP comments.
Inclusions: analysis for this analyte only. Active Vitamin B12
Special Instructions: Separate promptly. Refrigerate (do not freeze).
Attendance Restrictions: No Special Attendance Restrictions.
Laboratory Notes: Assay Dependent
Sample Container: 1 x Gold. Min 2ml.