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Does vitamin B12 help treat neuropathy?

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) may help to treat neuropathy in some people -- a condition in which nerve damage causes tingling, numbness or burning sensations in legs, arms, feet, hands, toes and/or fingers.

A deficiency of vitamin B12 can cause neuropathy; in such cases, supplements of the vitamin, sometimes given by injection, are the best remedy. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to check your vitamin B12 levels. Vitamin B12, along with other nutrients, has also been shown to help reduce symptoms of neuropathy in people who have diabetes. Talk to your doctor before taking vitamin B12 or any dietary supplement.

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