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Vitamin B12 And Folate in Begumpet, Hyderabad

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7 years & above

A Vitamin B12 and Folate test is a blood test that measures the levels of two important B vitamins, vitamin B12 (cobalamin) and folate (also known as folic acid or vitamin B9), in one's bloodstream. These vitamins play crucial roles in various bodily functions, and testing their levels can help diagnose deficiencies or assess overall health.

A Vitamin B12 and Folate test is typically recommended for individuals in several specific situations. Firstly, if someone experiences symptoms associated with a deficiency in these vitamins, such as restlessness or neurological issues, their doctor may order these tests to assess their vitamin levels. Secondly, certain populations, including older adults, vegetarians/vegans, individuals with malabsorption conditions, and pregnant women, are at a higher risk of developing deficiencies and may undergo these tests as part of routine health assessments. Additionally, people with chronic medical conditions that can affect nutrient absorption may be monitored regularly for vitamin B12 and folate levels.

Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency typically encompass fatigue, weakness, and neurological issues like numbness or tingling in the extremities, difficulty with balance and walking, and cognitive changes such as memory problems or mood disturbances. Physical signs may include glossitis and jaundice. On the other hand, folate deficiency often shows symptoms like tiredness, anaemia, mouth sores, digestive problems, and mental changes like difficulty concentrating and mood disturbances. During pregnancy, folate deficiency can harm fetal development. As these symptoms can overlap with other conditions, it's essential to consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

To collect a blood sample for the test, a trained laboratory technician from Apollo 24|7 will come to your doorstep to draw blood from a vein in your arm by inserting a needle. The procedure is quick, simple, and relatively painless when performed by experts at Apollo 24|7.
The Apollo Vitamin B12 and Folate test consists of two tests which include the Vitamin B12 test and the Folic Acid - Serum test. Each test has its specific procedure, which is performed by trained medical professionals in the Apollo 24|7 labs.

If the test shows a deficiency in vitamin B12, one should consult a doctor who shall work to determine the cause. Treatment often involves vitamin B12 supplementation, either in the form of oral supplements or injections, depending on the severity of the deficiency. On the other hand, for folate deficiency, treatment usually involves increasing dietary folate intake and sometimes taking folic acid supplements. Adequate folate levels are especially important during pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects in the developing fetus. If these deficiencies are caused by malabsorption or an underlying medical condition, those issues also need to be addressed.

To opt for an Apollo Vitamin B12 and Folate test on Apollo 24|7, individuals can book a slot through the website or mobile app. The Apollo Vitamin B12 and Folate test price is competitive with market standards, and the test results are usually available within 24 hours of sample collection.

Some benefits of opting for the test include:

  • Early detection
  • Accurate diagnosis
  • Personalised treatment
  • Reduced risk of complications

So don't wait any longer and do not take those symptoms for granted. Take the first step towards your healthcare, now!

faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Before taking a vitamin B12 and folate test, it is important to fast for six to eight hours.
Normal values for vitamin B12 are 160 to 950 picograms per millilitre (pg/mL), or 118 to 701 picomoles per litre (pmol/L). However, these levels may slightly vary for different laboratories.
Diary products are highly recommended as a good booster of vitamin B12 levels in the blood.
It is advised to get one's vitamin B12 and folate levels checked every 6 months, especially if the age is 60 or above. However, it is suggested to consult a doctor before undergoing any medical test.
No, men and women are equally susceptible to vitamin B12 and folate deficiency.

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The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results