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Doctor insights on: B12 Vitamin Deficiency

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Vitamin Deficiency (Definition)

Vitamin deficiency is a symptom in which a person has lower than normal levels (on blood testing) of one or more vitamins, usually due to not eating a good diet. Some medical conditions decrease the absorption of vitamins from food, even if ...Read more


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Does ppi s cause B12 vitamin deficiency?

Does ppi s cause B12 vitamin deficiency?

YES!: Ppi's make it difficult for us to absorb B12 as gastric hydrochloric acid is needed to absorb B12 & minerals as well as digest protein. These drugs are dangerous to take for more than a few weeks! they increase risk of osteoporosis & serious infections. See http://bit.Ly/1607tg3 re: B12 & http://bit.Ly/1b1avqs & http://bit.Ly/1ach2tw re: the serious hazards of ppi's & safe &superior alternatives. ...Read more

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Is having a B12 vitamin deficiency or folic acid deficiency common?

Is having a B12 vitamin deficiency or folic acid deficiency common?

Fairly: B12 def more common. Ideal lab value for serum B12 is 800 or more. Possibly due to gluten sensitivity which can damage gut lining and promote malabsorption. Also hypothyroidism can cause decreased stomach acid which can impair digestion and absorption. Take methylcobalamin supplements. ...Read more

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I am suffering from malabsorption ( iron,vitamin b12, vitamin d deficiency). Bcoz of it i had severe hair loss from 6 months. Is it reversible?

I am suffering from malabsorption ( iron,vitamin b12, vitamin d deficiency).  Bcoz of it i had severe hair loss from 6 months. Is it reversible?

May be: Is your hair loss due to malabsorption or due to hereditary reasons? If it is due to nutritional deficiencies, there may be some reversal on correcting the deficiencies. However loss due to hereditary factors will not reverse. ...Read more

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Can vitamin B12 deficiency cause migraines?

Can vitamin B12 deficiency cause migraines?

B12: B12 deficiency is associated with neuropathies and non-specific neurological symptoms such as irritability, fatigue, depression, and psychosis. It is not associated with migraine headaches, per se. ...Read more

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How common is vitamin B12 deficiency in the elderly ?

How common is vitamin B12 deficiency in the elderly ?

Quite common: Underlying malnutritions, medications, strophic gastritis &dietary preferences will play a role.Important to diagnose since it treatable easily. ...Read more

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Will a vitamin B12 deficiency lead to low hemoglobin?

Will a vitamin B12 deficiency lead to low hemoglobin?

Yes: It will lead to a macrocytic (large blood cell) hypochromic (low hemoglobin) type of anemia. ...Read more

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Vitamin B12 deficiency causes itching, what can I do?

Vitamin B12 deficiency causes itching, what can I do?

Decisive treatment: Don't know if it's the cause of your itch, if you are B12 deficient, either from an ill-advised experiment with a vegetarian lifestyle without supplementation, or pernicious anemia or harboring a fish tapeworm, you had better start getting supplemented now and continuing or you are going to end up with brain damage. Forgive my frankness, and i hope your physician made this clear as well. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

What are signs and symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

B12 deficiency: Mental confusion, headaches, impulsivity, paranoia, pins & needles in extremeties, balance problems. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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