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As a primary care practice, we are the first point of contact for your health. Whether acute symptoms, chronic illnesses, sick notes or preventive health care. If necessary, we refer you to specialists we trust. Sick notes, wound care or surgery preparation and follow-up - we take care of you from start to finish.

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Corona (COVID-19)

As general practitioners, we are here for you during this difficult time. We test, vaccinate and look after your long-term health in relation to Corona.

Important: Please let us know on the phone or when booking online if you are showing symptoms. In this case, we do not ask you to come directly to the practice - we will contact you after booking the appointment with further information.

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Treatment of chronic patients

As general practitioners, we see ourselves as long-term companions in dealing with chronic diseases. In combination with disease management programs (DMP), we will find the best therapy and solution approach for you.

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Precaution & check-ups

Prevention is the best medicine. We support you in avoiding the occurrence of future illnesses or in detecting and treating them as early as possible. This way you can assess where you stand in terms of health.

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Do you need a medical certificate? We can provide you with medical certificates for the following occasions:

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Laboratory, vitamins & Co

You don't always have to be sick to see your doctor - quite the opposite! In addition to treating acute symptoms, we offer a wide range of additional services to ensure that you feel healthy and well in the long term.  

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Other symptoms

Not all complaints are directly attributable to an underlying disease. We follow a holistic medical approach and take care that we find the best solution for your health complaints together.

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Laboratory, vitamins & Co.

Vitamin B12 check

Vitamin B12 check

What is vitamin B12?

Whether red blood cells, skin or nerve cells - whenever your organism forms new cells, vitamin B12 is required. Therefore, it is also called "cell vitamin".

What are the functions of vitamin B12 in the body?

Vitamin B12 is significantly involved in various metabolic processes in your body, including the breakdown of fatty acids, cell division and the function of nerves. Its central role in the metabolism of the vitamin folic acid (folate) also makes it important for blood formation. It cannot be produced by humans, animals or plants. Only microorganisms are able to do so. Thus, a strict vegan diet can therefore more easily lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency.

An undersupply of vitamin B12 can be avoided in many cases through the regular consumption of animal products. However, even if you take care to eat a diet rich in vitamin B12, a targeted intake of vitamin B12 may be necessary if certain risk factors are present (e.g. older age, underlying diseases).

How do I notice a vitamin B12 deficiency or overdose?

So that vitamin B12 can be utilized by the organism, the so-called "intrinsic factor" is necessary. This is formed by your stomach lining. For this reason, dhronic inflammations of the stomach can promote a vitamin B12 deficiency. In older people, too, mucosal changes in the stomach can more easily lead to an undersupply of vitamin B12. In addition, a deficiency can occur due to illness, for example in the case of various gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn's disease and gastrectomy.

The symptoms that can arise as a result of a vitamin B12 deficiency are varied and largely non-specific. Therefore, it happens all too often that a deficiency is only recognized late. Symptoms include, for example, fatigue, weakness, hair loss and problems with concentration. Numbness, gait instability and anaemia are also possible symptoms. If a severe vitamin B12 deficiency remains untreated for a long time, it can cause permanent damage, especially to the brain and nervous system. In contrast, no dangerous (toxic) effects are known at high doses.

Have vitamin B12 levels determined at Avi Medical

If you would like to learn more about vitamin B12, simply make an appointment at one of our Avi Medical practices and talk to our team of doctors. Here you can decide together whether a vitamin B12 test is appropriate for you.

Good to know: Currently, the laboratory determination is only covered by the statutory health insurance if there is a specific medical indication and not as a preventive measure (e.g. in the case of a vegan/vegetarian diet without general complaints).

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