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Anemia Vitamins Injections
Please what's the difference between pernicious anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency.my iron levels are perfect.I'm getting injections for vitamin b12.
Intrinsic factor: Vitamin B12 is present in meat and animal protein foods. Absorption of B12 occurs in the intestine (ileum) and requires intrinsic factor (IF), made by stomach cells. In pernicious anemia, IF production is deficient, and results in anemia, a reduction in hemoglobin/hematocrit. One can be vitamin B12 deficient without becoming anemic and/or without having deficient IF. Best wishes:) ...Read more
We don't: Megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency is treated with b12. Folate (folic acid) deficiency also causes meg. Anemia. Some with B12 deficiency are also deficient in b12, but if one has low B12 ; isn't deficient in folate (folic acid) there's no need to supplement with it. But it won't hurt to take folate (folic acid);if you're among the 1/3 of people with problems converting Folic Acid to it's active form you should take l-5-mthf. ...Read more
It just does :): Hello- your body needs Folic Acid to make red blood cells properly. If you do not have enough it compromises the process. The body will not be able to produce red blood cells as well (anemia) and they will be bigger than normal red blood cells (megaloblastic = big). Thankfully some Folic Acid replacement should fix the problem quite easily. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Probably not: If you have had lab tests that say you are deficient you need to take the vitamins that are low. Your doc will advise. Also, over the counter multivitamins are typically very weak. Look on the label to make sure that many of the ingredients are well beyond 100% of the recommended daily allowance and you will have a better brand. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Abnormalities: Low blood iron levels are usually due to loss of blood rather than dietary deficiencies. In women past or present menstrual bleeding is the commonest cause. Low potassium,if not due to diuretic medications or steroids,may occur with vomiting or diarrhea,and less likely rare glandular problems. Low vit D is due to low calcium intake and lack of Sun exposure.YOur physician knows you best,however. ...Read more
I've vitamin D deficiency 17.5nmol/l and iron deficiency 6.8umol/l there is any problem if i take vitamin D and iron together ?
Is fefol (iron & folate (folic acid) supplement) 30 delayed release capsules suggested for anemia?
Can IBS patients absorb nutrients from supplements as NT from food causing B12 & vitamin d defiency?
Wt loss, low iron : Could be from a vast number of possibilities. This question requires more information. A good history, physical exam and scrutiny of current , past and future bloodwork will all help piece together this puzzle. In general low iron in healthy premenopausal women is usually from menstruation or pregnancy. The weight loss is somewhat worrisome. Highly recommend a formal consultation with a doctor. ...Read more
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