What is this test for?
Vitamin B12 and folate are primarily requested to help diagnose the cause of macrocytic anaemia. Folate and vitamin B12 may be used to help evaluate the nutritional status of a patient with signs of significant malnutrition or malabsorption. This may include those with alcoholism and those with disorders associated with malabsorption such as coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, and cystic fibrosis. B12 and folate may also be used to help diagnose the cause of mental or behavioural changes, especially in the elderly.
In patients with known vitamin B12 and folate deficiencies, these tests may be used occasionally to help monitor the effectiveness of treatment. This is especially true in patients who cannot absorb vitamin B12 and/or folate and must have lifelong treatment.
Symptoms of a possible B12 deficiency include:
We can test for a range of different allergies and health markers, using one of our home-testing kits. In this kit, you'll be able to test:
Indicators of potential vitamin deficiency
Once you've got your kit, make sure to read all of the enclosed instructions - they'll make sure you easily and safely get the best sample possible.
Time to take your sample. All of our health tests come with the exact tools you need to take a sample in the comfort of your own home.
Put your sample in the prepaid envelope provided and pop it in the post. Now you can sit back and relax - we'll let you know when your results are ready.