At the beginning of each new month, since last year, I go to the clinic for a vitamin B-12 shot. The wait isn’t long–and as much as I despise getting poked with needles–it doesn’t really hurt.
This took place after results of my last physical examination. My B-12 level was extremely low. As it turned out, vitamin B-12 deficiency, in persons over 50 isn’t that uncommon.
A history of taking medicines to control acid reflux had something to do with it. Not taking acid blockers, would be worse than the shots. The B-12 supplements I’d been taking were apparently a waste of money–since my system couldn’t absorb them.
Deficiencies of B-12 can have nasty consequences–including dizziness, skin problems, blood problems. Vegans, of which I am not, are prone to B-12 deficiencies. This deficiency can mimic signs and symptoms of dementia.
Reason enough to make the monthly trip and get stuck in the arm. The co-pay is only a dollar–small price to pay for good health.