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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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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Vitamin B12 Deficiency (Definition)

Lower-than-normal amounts of Vitamin B12 in the body, which can cause anemia or injury ...Read more


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Is hair loss due to vitamin B12 deficiency is reversible???

Is hair loss due to vitamin B12 deficiency is reversible???

In short - YES: Hair loss / thinning due to vitamin B12 deficiency can sometimes be treated by taking oral b-complex vitamins. However, there are instances where you may need injections of vitamin B12 (usually given monthly). It depends on the reason you have developed the vitamin deficiency. Is it because of a vegetarian diet? Or is it due to some intestinal malabsorption problem? Best to check with your doctor ...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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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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Is a vitamin B12 deficiency associated with Lyme disease?

Is a vitamin B12 deficiency associated with Lyme disease?

No : There is no literature or study showing any correlation between Lyme disease a.nd B12 deficiency. ...Read more

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Is anemia from B12 deficiency a life-threatening condition?

Is anemia from B12 deficiency a life-threatening condition?

Not if treated: It takes a very long time for you to get near death from B12 deficiency. The treatment is so simple and effective, why chance it? ...Read more

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What are symptoms a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause?

What are symptoms a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause?

Energy Loss +: Loss of energy in addition to others that you can read on this link: 1) http://www.Webmd.Com/food-recipes/guide/vitamin-b12-deficiency-symptoms-causes 2)http://chriskresser.Com/b12-deficiency-a-silent-epidemic-with-serious-consequences. ...Read more

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Is neuronal demylenation due to B12 deficiency reversible?

Is neuronal demylenation due to B12 deficiency reversible?

Partly: Good question from a med student. Vegetarian's myelopathy is all-too-familiar and it regresses at least some. Here's one of the unlucky ones: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/17616346 forgive me, but i can't grant any moral high ground to someone who paralyzes himself. ...Read more

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Is milk a common cause of iron deficiency?

Is milk a common cause of iron deficiency?

Yes.: In toddlers, this is a common contributor of iron deficiency. In order to effectively correct the iron deficiency, it requires iron supplementation and a limiting of milk intake. Milk has a low iron content, can interfere with iron absorption, and can cause low levels of bleeding from the intestines. All of these can cause iron deficiency. ...Read more

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What is the difference between iron deficiency and B12 deficiency?

What is the difference between iron deficiency and B12 deficiency?

The MCV is the clue: When you get a CBC blood test, there is something called the mcv. This is the red blood cell size. If the cell size or MCV is low, this implies that something is missing in the red blood cell. Since hemoglobin in the rbcs is composed of iron bound to a protein (globulin), it is either iron (common) or globulin & the cell will be small. Low B12 will cause the MCV to be high- poor maturation. ...Read more

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Why there is pancytopenia in anemia of b12 and folic acid deficiency??

Why there is pancytopenia in anemia of b12 and folic acid deficiency??

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

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What are common causes of an elevated B12 levels?

What are common causes of an elevated B12 levels?

LAB ERROR: A serum level is not an accurate measurement for b12, which the body can store for up to several in the tissues. Local labs can usually only give us relatively accurate nutritional information about vitamin d and iron. A specialty lab must be used to measure sources other than serum, such as lymphocytic wbcs. Regardless, a high B12 in serum most likely indicates recent exposure or supplementation. ...Read more

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Hi drs.....What are the signs that indicate some one has B12 deficiency ?Do vitamin b1+b6+b12 deficiency have the same signs as B12 deficiency ?

Hi drs.....What are the signs that indicate some one has B12 deficiency ?Do vitamin b1+b6+b12 deficiency have the same signs as B12 deficiency ?

Get checked: Glad you asked. B1 deficiency is rare in people on a diet anywhere close to normal, and b6 deficiency is even less familiar to medicine. B12 deficiency, by contrast, is famously subtle. It is likely to be relatively low in your diet if you're a vegetarian, and several common illnesses prevent its being absorbed through the gut. Simply feeling unwell or slowed mentally precedes the numb fingers. ...Read more

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What symptoms a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause?

What symptoms a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause?

Links:: 1) http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/vitamin_b12_deficiency 2) http://www.Doctoroz.Com/videos/end-your-energy-crisis-vitamin-b12 3) http://chriskresser.Com/b12-deficiency-a-silent-epidemic-with-serious-consequences 3) http://www.Webmd.Com/food-recipes/guide/vitamin-b12-deficiency-symptoms-causes. ...Read more

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Is there a worse vitamin deficiency than b12 or is b12 the worse...

Is there a worse vitamin deficiency than b12 or is b12 the worse...

Hard to say because:: All vitamins by definition are essential for health. While B12 deficiency can be very serious, you can die from vitamin C deficiency (scurvy), D deficiency can cause depression, chronic pain & increased risk of cancer and autoimmune disease, low B1 causes diarrhea, dermatitis and dementia etc, So which of those is worst? We need ALL vitamins for good health. See http://tinyurl.com/mzrkbx8 ...Read more

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Are the neurological symptoms from vitamin B12 deficiency reversible?

Not Always: The progression of neurologic complications is generally gradual. They are not always reversible with treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency, especially if they have been present for a long time. ...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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What would cause a vitamin B12 deficiencybesides anemia?

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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Can non anaemic iron deficiency cause fatigue and breathlessness iron level is 25 normal is more than 65?

Can non anaemic iron deficiency cause fatigue and breathlessness iron  level is 25 normal is more than 65?

No!: Fatigue can be caused by many reasons, most common one being Anemia. If your Hemoglobin(Hb) level is above 10 Grams, you do not have anemia as the cause. Hb higher than this level is asymptomatic regardless of your iron level, which can also be altered by many other medical conditions besides Iron deficiency. You need to see an internist to investigate the cause of your symptoms and low iron level ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Vitamin B12 (Definition)

Vitamin B12 is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more