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Do Vitamin B-12 shots really help you lose weight???

LINDSAY MARCHMAN ROZIER is a family Nurse Practitioner from Milledgeville, Ga. S
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on Thursday, 03 May 2012 in OB/GYN

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This is a question I get every day!  It would be nice if there was a magic shot that would melt away pounds, increase metabolism, and give us lots of energy!  But sadly the answer is no.  There is no solid evidence that vitamin B-12 in any form will improve weight loss.

There are people with certain types of anemia who may be low in vitamin B-12.  These people can benefit from the B-12 injections and usually do experience a boost in energy.  Vitamin B-12 can only be absorbed in a shot therefore, oral tablets will not help.  A variety of foods contain B vitamins including: meat, fish, and dairy products.

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The best way to lose weight is good old fashioned diet and exercise!  We will be happy to meet with you in our office to discuss a weight loss plan for you consisting of a low calorie diet plan and exercise program, as well as weight loss medication that some people benefit from to jump start their weight loss.

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