Willoughby Hills Natural Doctor

Vitamin D and B12 RepletionWilloughby Hills, OH

There are many essential hormones, vitamins, and minerals required by the human body to maintain its functions. Vitamin D is a hormone that is made by the human body and is acquired through sunlight exposure and various foods like fish and mushrooms. Vitamin B-12 is an essential vitamin which aids in nerve function and has a key role in DNA synthesis and red blood cell production. This vitamin almost exclusively exists in animal products like eggs, chicken, and clams.

Unfortunately, low levels and deficiencies in both vitamins D and B-12 are not uncommon. Individuals who have deficiencies in either of these things can suffer from a variety of unpleasant symptoms. Fortunately, there are ways to treat these deficiencies, one of which is vitamin D and B-12 repletion.

At VitalHealth Partners in Willoughby Hills, we provide vitamin D and B-12 repletion treatments. Our team will assess hormone and vitamin levels and create an optimal treatment plan for you. To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, call 440-534-8211 today.

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a hormone (referred to as a vitamin and a hormone) the body creates from cholesterol in the skin when exposed to the sun. People can also absorb vitamin D from foods that are rich in the vitamin. It assists cells that promote bone growth, but also can aid in immune function, may reduce risk of multiple sclerosis, may protect against cancer, and may help fight depression.

A study published in PubMed found that roughly 41.6% of the U.S. population is deficient in vitamin D. Low levels and deficiencies in this hormone might be subject to various subtle, yet unpleasant, symptoms. Additionally, those deficient in vitamin D are at higher risk for developing an array of diseases.

Whether it is through direct sunlight or diet, it is essential to get an adequate amount of vitamin D. If someone is unable to do so, supplementation may be necessary.

Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B-12 is an essential vitamin that the body can not produce on its own. Not only is it responsible for red blood cell formation, DNA synthesis, and neurological function, but it may also prevent the loss of neurons, may improve mood and mitigate depression, and can supply an energy boost. Vitamin B-12 is found mainly in animal products.

According to the National Institutes of Health , vitamin B-12 deficiency affects between 1.5% and 15% of the general population. Symptoms of a deficiency usually develop gradually and can include cognitive difficulties, memory loss, weakness, fatigue, difficulty maintaining balance, depression, confusion, and can even lead to dementia. Fortunately for those with a vitamin B-12 deficiency, it can be both prevented and treated with vitamin repletion.

What is Vitamin D and B-12 Repletion and How Can It Help

Diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes are all primary factors that can help balance vitamin D and B-12 deficiencies. However, there are additional ways to ensure a safe restoration of vitamin and hormone levels. One of these options is vitamin D and B-12 repletion.

Before vitamin D and B-12 repletion, we must first evaluate the patient. Usually, our team assesses the patient, identifies some possible deficiency issues, and then we propose a treatment option. If one is getting their hormones checked, our doctor will sometimes collect a blood or saliva sample and send it off to a lab for analysis. This ensures that we can have all the information available to help us treat the patient more effectively.

Based on all the information collected, our doctor will usually recommend whether the patient requires repletion or not. If so, the doctor will prescribe the necessary vitamin or vitamins. After a course of treatment, our team will typically evaluate the patient to ensure that the corrective action was effective.

Benefits of Hormone and Vitamin Level Testing

Hormone and vitamin testing can help provide medical professionals with a more detailed picture of a patient's current state of health. If physicians identify any deficiencies or levels that are lower than average, they can prescribe a treatment like a vitamin or a hormone repletion. A treatment like this may be prescribed instead of traditional pharmaceutical medication.

In addition to vitamin D and B-12 deficiencies, other hormone deficiencies can have adverse effects on an individual. For example, low testosterone can cause impotence, loss of muscle, and decreased motivation. Excess cortisol often leads to depression, fatigue, and obesity. Having these levels assessed and corrected can likely increase a person's overall health, and subsequently, their quality of life.

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Our team aims to provide patients with a system optimized for vital living through vitamin repletion, purification, detoxification, anti-aging medicine, and longevity practices. Our team at VitalHealth Partners can help patients balance their vitamin and hormone levels with vitamin D and B-12 repletion. Call our office at 440-534-8211 to schedule an appointment or learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is vitamin D and B-12 repletion?

It is the process of correcting the low levels of vitamin D and B-12. Based on a sample provided by the patient, the doctor may prescribe one or both vitamins if there is a deficiency.

Why should I check my vitamin D and B-12 levels?

If you are suffering from any negative symptoms, or just curious about your health in general, we recommend getting your vitamin and hormone levels checked. If there are any deficiencies, our team can assess the information and may provide a tailored repletion program. If either of these deficiencies is present, correcting them can lead to better overall health and quality of life.

How are samples collected for lab testing?

Our doctor collects blood or saliva to be sent to a lab for analysis. This is a typical component of vitamin and hormone testing.

How important are vitamin D and B-12?

These two vitamins are vital components of the human body. They are both responsible for helping to build bodily tissues and aid in some of its processes.

I’m curious about vitamin D and B-12 repletion. How can I learn more?

If you are curious about vitamin and hormone repletion or want to learn more, you can contact our office at 440-534-8211.