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Can a CBC test all vitamin deficiencies?

Can a CBC test all vitamin deficiencies?

Not many: A history of your diet would be more informative, make an apt with a dietician. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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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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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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Can folate (folic acid) deficiency cause pregnancy loss?

Can folate (folic acid) deficiency cause pregnancy loss?

Sure.: Folate (folic acid) is essential for rapidly replicating tissues, such as the early embryo and placenta. Folate (folic acid) deficiency can certainly increase your chances of early pregnancy failure - in fact folate (folic acid) antagonist Methotrexate is used for that specific reason in cases of ectopic pregnancy. Take 1-5 mg Folic Acid daily throughout your reproductive life! ...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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Can Folic Acid Anemia cause bruising?what is the most accurate blood test to check for Folate (folic acid) anemia?

Can Folic Acid Anemia cause bruising?what is the most accurate blood test to check for Folate (folic acid) anemia?

No bruising.: Anemia due to folate (folic acid) or vitamin B12 deficiency is easy to diagnosed by examining the appearance of blood cells under microscope (megaloblastic or large cell type) and measuring the level of those chemicals in the blood (test: serum folate (folic acid)). Bruising is not associated with this type of anemia ...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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Found out unknown cause folate deficiency-rX 5mg folic acid tabs,how long before replenished? When to retest? Causes ?VIT D borderline deficient too

Found out unknown cause folate deficiency-rX 5mg folic acid tabs,how long before replenished? When to retest? Causes ?VIT D  borderline deficient too

Folate (folic acid) deficiency : Folate (folic acid) deficiency can be caused by nutritional deficiency, medications, chronic diseases or frequent use of tanning beds. 5mg of folate (folic acid) is often used to treat deficiency. Usually 4 months of treatment is needed, then dose can be reduced. Levels may be rechecked after 2 a 4 months. ...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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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

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What type of doctor tests for cerebral folate (folic acid) deficiency?

What type of  doctor tests for cerebral folate (folic acid) deficiency?

Tough: I'm not sure that testing cerebral folate (folic acid) is different from blood folate (folic acid). If you are wondering about depression and folate (folic acid) and being low in the ability to convert folate (folic acid) to l- methylfolate (folic acid), it is a trial of medication, generally. I could be wrong but a neurologist is the brain doctor. I'm not sure u need that though. ...Read more

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Is tiredness a sign of folic acid deficiency, what is most accurate blood test to check folic acid level?

Folic acid: Please go online to "www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/000354.htm" You will find everything you want to know in easy to understand comments. ...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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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?

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

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Serum iron 4umol/L Transferrin IBC 64umol/L Transferrin saturation 6% Serum ferritin assay 62ug/L Am I iron deficient? levels on 2 iron tablets /day

Serum iron 4umol/L
Transferrin IBC 64umol/L
Transferrin saturation 6%
Serum ferritin assay 62ug/L

Am I iron deficient? levels on 2 iron tablets /day

Need to evaluate: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your results are consistent with iron deficiency. Do you have heavy periods? Do you eat a normal diet? Have you been evaluated for celiac disease? If you are not able to absorb oral iron, it may be given intravenously. 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. 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

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Positive mthfr heterozygous after multiple miscarriages, known pernicious anemia, what is the likelihood of having other b vitamin deficiencies?

Positive mthfr heterozygous after multiple miscarriages, known pernicious anemia, what is the likelihood of having other b vitamin deficiencies?

Not more likely but: Pernicious anemia is due to problems absorbing B12 but doesn't interfere with absorbing other vits.Mthfr mutations mean you have trouble converting Folic Acid to the active form, so take l-5-mthf.Genes don't affect absorption of other b vits but due to genetics some require higher amounts of b's than others-your other issues don't mean you're more likely to have this but it's safe to try b complex. ...Read more

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I have iron deficiency anemia. Current bloodwork: Transferrin 379, iron 120, TIBC 565, iron saturation 21.2. Hgb 8.9, above results still anemia??

Yes indeed: Hemoglobin 8.9 is anemia, period. Please forgive my frankness. I hope that no one is forcing you to be a non-supplementing vegetarian. If you have blood loss, either monthly or from illness, I hope the source is discovered -- it could be ulcer, cancer, hookworm, etc. If you tolerate oral iron poorly, please consider an injectable form. Best wishes. ...Read more

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