B12 Specialist

Internal & Bariatric Medicine

Hassan Saradih, MD

Internal Medicine & Medical Weight Loss Management located in Leawood, KS

Vitamin B12 is the most common nutritional deficiency for men and women who have undergone bariatric surgery. Hassan Saradih, MD, of Internal & Bariatric Medicine, offers B12 injections to improve the health and wellness of his patients in Leawood, Kansas. To see if B12 shots can help improve your health as you continue your weight loss journey, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

B12 Q & A

What is B12?

Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient found in foods like fish, eggs, meat, and dairy products. B12 is necessary for a healthy metabolism, red blood cell production, healthy brain and nerve development, and a robust immune system.

It is not uncommon for men and women in the United States to be deficient in B12 because the standard American diet is not rich in B vitamins. If you’ve had bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass, you are likely at high risk for B12 deficiency.

How does bariatric surgery affect my B12 levels?

Because bariatric surgeries impact the digestive tract, they often lead to nutritional deficiencies. Typically, dietary supplementation and continual monitoring of these deficits begin immediately after surgery. For many, however, vitamin deficiencies may last long after surgery.

According to The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, vitamin B12 is the most common nutritional deficiency found in those who have had gastric bypass surgery.

Other common deficiencies include:

  • Folate
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Vitamin D
  • Calcium
  • Thiamine

Replacing B12, as well as other vitamins and minerals, may prevent health problems such as osteoporosis, anemia, and neuropathy.

What are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

Healthy levels of B12 are essential for the healthy metabolism of fat. When you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, your body is more likely to store fat causing you to gain weight or have difficulty losing weight.

Other symptoms of B12 deficiency include:

  • Low energy
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Shortness of breath

When your treatment plan includes B12 replacement, your body increases the work of your metabolism, giving you energy, and improving your body’s ability to burn fat.

For many men and women, vitamin B12 replacement boosts their weight-loss effort and improves their ability to make the lifestyle changes necessary for their best health.

Dr. Saradih may recommend you receive B12 injections, which may work most efficiently when combined with other ingredients, such as minerals and amino acids.

One fat-burning B12 combination is called Lipo-MIC B12, which combines B vitamins with methionine, choline, and L-carnitine.

To see how B12 injections may benefit your health and weight-loss journey, call the office or schedule an appointment with Dr. Saradih at Internal & Bariatric Medicine today.