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Is There A Connection Between Taking Vitamin B12 And The Risk Of Blood Clots
A blood test showed that i'm B12 deficient. Serum B12 level of 186 pg/ml, should I take vitamin B12 supplements?
B12: this low will likely cause dementia, spinal cord degeneration and peripheral neuropathy. Keep your level above 550 for the rest of your life. Recovery takes about a year in a young person. I suggest you take liquid sublingual weekly for 3 months then bi weekly thereafter. Its important to check a level after you cut back to twice a month. Use 1 1/2 dropper and hold it under the tongue for 30 sec. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Low or unrelated: Cyanocobalamin or vitamin B12 is important for normal erythrocyte formation (red blood cell). If b 12 is deficient, one gets pernicious anemia and the mean corpuscular volume (MCV) climbs > 100. Gastric bypass, gastric resection surgeries increase the risk of pernicious anemia. But as to increased risk for DVT or deep venous thrombosis ("blood clots") vitamin B12 palys little if any role. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eat Your Spinach: In general, vitamin k is associated with blood clotting. Vitamin k is a "fat loving" vitamin that carboxylates proteins important in the clotting process. Without this action of vit k, clots are unable to form. Drugs such as warfarin prevent vit k from doing its job, therefore patients on this medication tend to bleed a lot. Both the diet and bacteria in our gut provide vit k for use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
High B12: Usually taking too much. Sometimes liver disease. ...Read more
Vitamin B12 level: Can be high for several reasons: 1) you are taking vitamin B12 as a supplement or eating a diet high in b12. 2) your body cannot metabolize B12 so it stays in your blood stream but does not get into your cells where it needs to go for it to work. There are tests to determine if the latter is the case. Treatment would be geared towards getting the B12 to be utilized by the body appropriately. ...Read more
No: That's the serum level of cyanocobalamin. What's more important is looking at the intracellular levels. Having lower values is more dangerous than having higher values. Cyanocobalamin is the B vitamin that helps attach the oxygen molecule to the hemoglobin in red blood cells to deliver oxygen to tissues. So it's very important! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My doc said that the level of vitamin b12 in my blood was at the 1200 level. Is that still cause for concern even when my other blood work was fine?
No: That is at the upper end of normal or a little out of range on high end depending on which lab you are using. Levels that high are usually associated with supplementation. Depending on how much, how frequent and by which method ( oral, sublingual, injection) you can back off on dosing frequency if you like. If you feel better keeping it at that level then no harm done. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers