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Anemia Vitamins Injections
Most true B-12: Deficiencies are due to loss of "intrinsic factor", secreted by the stomach, it aids absorption, so if it is missing pills will not work. Shots of b-12, cyanocobalamine, are bright red, and are used for placebo effect in some instances. Most people have intrinsic factor, normal b-12 levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I have pernicious anemia (intrinsic factor antibody), what happens if i skip monthly vitamin B12 injection?
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
Hi I have vitamin B12 Deficiency. Doc didn't say pernicious anemia. Everyone said I'm going to get cancers.god im so scared. I've started injections?
B12 def: Are you vegetarian or vegan, they have B12 issues at times because B12 sources are animal. May also be ileitis or intestinal issues where B12 is absorbed ( if not pernicious anemia) or dietary/ age. If you are on injections and you level are adequate ( I like above 400) I would not be concerned ,don't worry ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Anemia can be caused by many factors- not just because deficiency in some vitamins. Anemia can be due to blood loss, chronic diseases, deficiency in iron, vit b12, folate, (folic acid) destruction of the red blood cells ( hemolysis) or perhaps bone marrow failure etc. The treatment would be directed to the underlying problems. See you doctor to find the cause so that you can get the right treatment. ...Read more
Only "good" if low: Anemia from blood loss doesn't need vitamins. Anemia from acute leukemia doesn't need vitamins. Supplemental vitamins (in food or pills) are only useful if there is a vitamin deficiency. First is diagnosis (anemia) and etiology (cause). Then replacement (if needed). Anemia can be caused by iron defiency or B12 or folate (folic acid) deficiency. The good/right vitamin depends on the problem. ...Read more
Vitamin B12 def: actually it's the other way around, Vit b12 def causes the anemia. B12 def occurs in people who are vegetarian and don't take vitamin supplement, also malabsorption could lead to B12 def, also there is a condition called pernicious anemia which is an autoimmune disease and these patient cannot absorb b12. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good question: It depends more on how long it is low. The longer the B12 level is low is more important then the level. Hope this helps. ...Read more
B12: Generally less than 200 pg/ml.Get a more detailed answer ›
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