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Why we treat megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency with folates (folic acid)?

Why we treat megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency with folates (folic acid)?

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

Dr. James Dukelow
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Low Folate Level (Definition)

Folic acid deficiency can cause severe birth defects of the brain and spinal cord known as neural tube defects. In some cases, there may be no noticeable signs of folic acid deficiency, and it is diagnosed in pregnant women only after a child is born with a neural tube defect. Usually, though, your health care provider can detect the defect with blood work and ultrasound during your prenatal checkups. When women take the recommended amount of folic acid before they conceive and through the first trimester of pregnancy, 50% to 70% of neural tube defects are prevented. Yet recent research by March of Dimes shows that many women are unaware of the ...Read more


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How vit cyanoCObalamine deficiency causes megaloblastic anemia?

How vit cyanoCObalamine deficiency causes megaloblastic anemia?

B12: You need this vitamin to synthesize DNA (T's from U's). If you can't do this, the nuclear growth can't keep up with the cytoplasm and the red cells end up bigger before they can be released. Hence "megalo-". ...Read more

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Is high RBC folate (folic acid) associated with vitamin B12 deficiency?

Is high RBC folate (folic acid) associated with vitamin B12 deficiency?

Not likely: Please consult this site for info in this topic. Folate (folic acid) and B12 are needed for efficient red cell production and other functions, but lack of one does not increase the other. http://www.webmd.com/diet/folic-acid. ...Read more

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Will a folate (folic acid) deficiency lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency?

No: Many people on self-imposed restrictive vegetarian diets get both. They have similar effects on the blood and are both very serious health problems. ...Read more

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Could multivitamins correct vitamin deficiency?

Could multivitamins correct vitamin deficiency?

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

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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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Iron deficiency anemia wid calcium deficiency?

Iron deficiency anemia wid calcium deficiency?

Fe -Ca: Ida is common in young menstruating females. Calcium deficiency? Quite odd at any age. Wonder if your Albumin is normal giving a falsely low calcium.... Why would anyone check a calcium in a healthy 18 yo? Maybe there is more to this story. Maybe you should talk to doc who drew your labs. ...Read more

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Is iron deficiency

Is iron deficiency

Unclear question: Iron deficiency is common in women due to blood loss during menstruation. It would be appropriate for you to take oral iron supplement with multivitamins. Take iron with meals and if constipation becomes an issue take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. 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. ...Read more

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Is folic acid absorption affected by pernicious anemia?

Is folic acid absorption affected by pernicious anemia?

No: Pernicious anemia is an inability to absorb vitamin b12, which is a complex process requiring an intact and functioning stomach, exocrine pancreas, intrinsic factor, and small bowel. By comparison, Folic Acid is much more easily absorbed and those with pernicious anemia should have no problem absorbing folic acid. ...Read more

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What causes iron deficiency anemia?

Low Iron: In women of reproductive age, one of the most common causes of iron deficiency is heavy periods. There are other causes. Blood loss, acute or chronic, can cause it as well. To determine the cause, see a doctor for evaluation and appropriate testing and treatment. ...Read more

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Is omega 3 deficiency and vitamin a deficiency genetic?

Is omega 3 deficiency and vitamin a deficiency genetic?

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

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Can vegetarians develop a vitamin B12 deficiency?

Can vegetarians develop a vitamin B12 deficiency?

Yes: Vitamin B12 is essential to the blood and nervous systems. It is typically found in fish, shellfish, meat, eggs, and dairy products. Among vegetarians, strict vegans are most at risk for deficiency. ...Read more

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How follic acid deficiency causes megaloblastic anemia?

How follic acid deficiency causes megaloblastic anemia?

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 more

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What causes a vitamin B12 deficiency?

What causes a vitamin B12 deficiency?

Multiple causese: There are several causes: low stomach acid, pernicious anemia, poor consumption of foods containing B12 and a genetic predisposition that requires more B12 like mthfr gene defect. ...Read more

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What causes extremely low vitamin d and vitamin B12 folate?

Depends: Sometimes it can be malabsorption, which can be due to gluten sensitivity. Gluten beats up the gut cells and the gut, and decreases the ability to absorb certain things. Commonly we see such people low in d, B12 and iron as well as magnesium and zinc. ...Read more

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Can an iron deficiency anemia be inherited?

Can an iron deficiency anemia be inherited?

Iron Deficiency Anem: Practically all cases of iron deficiency are due to lack of intake of iron in the diet or loss of iron through bleeding (gi tract or menstruation, for example). There are many diseases, while not common, that can result in iron deficiency anemia as an affect of the underlying disorder and some can be inherited. These would include inherited malabsorption diseases, hemolysis, & hemoglobinurias. ...Read more

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Could folate (folic acid) anemia cause delusions?

Could folate (folic acid) anemia cause delusions?

Folate (folic acid) anemia: Folate (folic acid) and B12 are closely related in their functions. If one replaces folate (folic acid) alone in a megaloblastic anemia but not B12 also, it can lead to neurological damage -- difficulty walking, along with delusional psychosis. I found a case of this, where the patient developed capgras syndrome: the delusion that a relative had been replaced by an impostor. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15029091. ...Read more

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What would cause a vitamin B12 deficiencybesides anemia?

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 more

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Folic Acid (Definition)

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


Dr. Kristi Woods
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Folate (Definition)

Folate is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more