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Eyes Symptom Folic Deficiency
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
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
Required by nerves: This co-factor is needed by the nerves to stay healthy. Each nerve cell has a self repair system that relies on a variety of nutrients in our diet to provide the needed material to keep the walls intact and the cell working. Lack of B12 eventually causes that repair system to start breaking down and nerve cells malfunction or degenerate, leading to neurologic symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not at all likely: Almost no chance of a direct link, but... We do know that: 1) the b vitamins are important to nervous system functioning. 2) B12 can make a noticeable difference in how good one feels. 3) deficiencies are (by definition) good to correct. So, do try to improve your diet and even supplement nutrients that are hard to get enough of. See a professional for ocd treatment too. ...Read more
Yes, but...: Vitamin B12 deficiency is surprisingly common and becomes more common as we age. It can cause dozens of different symptoms including lightheadedness, but there are many other possible causes of lightheadedness, so this deserves further evaluation. See www.Webmd.Com/food-recipes/guide/vitamin-b12-deficiency-symptoms-causes. ...Read more
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
Vitamin deficiency: Not usually. Vitamin deficiencies are usually due to dietary deficiencies, but rarely can be related to problems absorbing nutrients. That may be due to a genetic defect. ...Read more
Recently diagnosed with severe vitamin d deficiency. What are known causes of vitamin d deficiency?
Poor intake/absorp-: There are three categories of problems leading to vitamin d deficiency. --low intake of vitamin d: individuals on vegetarian diet & vegan diet --low absorption from the gastrointestinal tract: individuals with pancreatic or liver disease --inability to activate vitamin d: individuals with kidney failure. ...Read more
Lack of sun exposure: Lack of adequate sun exposure also leads to vitamin d deficiency in adults, too. However, sun exposure + sun block won't work. You need sun exposure w/o sun block, which then increases risk for skin cancer. Not to mention, it's pretty hot in uae to go outside. Better/safer to take vitamin d supplement. Of course, should also monitor 25oh vitamin d levels, too. Check out http://goo.Gl/votkd. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: But a clot can and should be ruled out. ...Read more
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