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B12 Folic Acid And Low Thyroid Function
Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...Read more
Previous ida. Now high B12 and folate (folic acid) levels. Ferritin result is not back. Significant hair loss and sob? Could high folate (folic acid) mask B12 deficiency? Thx
Masks anemia only: High folate (folic acid) can mask megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency but does not affect B12 levels. The high B12 levels you have are proof that you don't have B12 deficiency. I don't know what ida is. Hair loss ; sob can have many causes. It sounds like you are being evaluated for possible causes. ...Read more
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
Folic acid -24.6, serum B12 - 600, high folic acid may mask B12 def, what does that mean? is serum B12 falsly high? what other tests for B12 def?
Yes, but other: causes are more common. You may not taking enough of these vitamins with your diet. Try taking 5000 units of vitamin D3 daily for three months and retest. B12 is more complicated, if you have poor absorption you will need injection of B12. For now try taking about 50 micrograms of B12 daily by mouth and recheck in about 3 months. ...Read more
B12 deficiency. I take b12 supplements but my MCV is always on high end of normal. I also take folic acid. B12 blood tests 600. ?
B12: How long have you had B12? other medications ? Liver issues? Thyroid? Tested MTHFR gene ,methylmalonic acid /homocysteine/or for pernicious anemia- intrinsic factor antibodies or parietal cell antibodies ? GERD/ Crohns/bacterial overgrowth/ Whipple's as they may affect absorption. 600 appears adequate ,but body may have utilization dysfunction/variant. f/u/w/doc ...Read more
Is there signifance to folate (folic acid) level > 24 ng/ml and a vit B12 level of 343 pg/ml for someone with continuing fatigue? Fyi vit d =38 and ferritin=39.
High B12 Folate (folic acid): I understand your concern. Researchers in Denmark have found that higher than normal levels of B12 may indicate a person is at risk of developing Lung, Colon and Liver cancer. National Institute Health Research stated-High folate (folic acid) does not appear to increase the risk of anemia among healthy people with low B12 levels See your physician for evaluation tests and treatment ...Read more
Cell maturation: B12 and folic acid are need for DNA synthesis and maturation of all cells. The cells affected are not only red cells, white cell, and platelets but almost all cells in the body, including brain and spinal cord cells. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Probably: Need injections to catch up.Get a more detailed answer ›
Serum b12> 1999 mma 0.4, homocysteine high 19. No folate (folic acid) or iron deficiency normocytic anemia not responding to procrit. Is this an absorption issue?
Anemia: can be caused by blood loss or bone marrow suppression as well. More information is needed ( how long have you had a normal iron, folate (folic acid) and b12 level. What is your reticulocyte count ? ( is your bone marrow producing new RBC's) ? How low is your HCT and has it come up or gone down with B12. Is the RDW elevated ( do you put out large and small RBC's at the same time? Any blood loss ? ...Read more
Possibly: Because cellular energy is compromised but i really would not expect it. ...Read more
B12 level 500 folate level 7, dr prescribed folic acid when previously had b12 injections, is this beneficial?, pernicious anemia runs in the family
Need both: You B12 level is normal while folic acid level is borderline. Please follow your doctor's advice about taking the two vitamins at the recommended intervals. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you are anemic but have normal B12 and folate (folic acid), (folic acid) could there be another nutrient related to folate (folic acid) or to B12 that is low?
Well, sure: Iron deficiency is the most frequent cause of anemia. If you have already been checked for that, your provider needs to look at several other things not necessarily related to nutrition to determine the cause. Don't just take iron, though, unless your tests show that it is deficient. ...Read more
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