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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 more
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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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
My vitamin B12 went from 178 to 758 on my next blood test 2 years later. Would a daily supplement really raise it that much? I am a 50 yr old woman.
Likely: If you were consistently taking the supplement, then yes it is likely for your numbers to climb--especially over the course of 2 years. ...Read more
My blood results showed high vitamin B12 level of 1125 with the range of 200-950. Should I be concerned? I do take high level of B12 as multivitamins.
No: It probably means that B12 is accumulating and not being used. Folate (folic acid) may be high also. In a case that I reported, symptoms disappeared and B12 and folate (folic acid) dropped to normal levels when the patient received large doses of b1. (lonsdale d. Recurrent febrile lymphadenopathy treated with large doses of vitamin b1: report of two cases. Dev pharmacol ther 1980;1:254-64. Ask your doc: see if he can find. ...Read more
B12 level of 127 is much lower than desired. Given you health condition you should be getting injections of B12 at least every three months, preferably every month. See this site for more info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003705.htm ...Read more
I'm 27 yrs. Old. Blood results today: ALT: 56 and Vitamin B12: 993. Don't drink. Last years blood exam was fine. What could this mean? Thank you
Any medications?: 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 B12 level is okay. ALT is slightly elevated. If you are taking any medications, that may explain the rise. Please discuss the need to be tested for hepatitis, with your doctor. ...Read more
Normal: Normal ranges of vitb12 =200-600pg/ml.. Therefore you don't need to supplement it. However, taking extra B12 does no harm as the body excretes what is not needed. ...Read more
201 very deficient:
201 is a very low level that can cause a wide variety of serious symptoms including poor memory/concentration, fatigue, depression, muscle weakness, anemia, tingling and numbness, agitation, delusions, heart disease etc.
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; http://bit. Ly/1607tg3. ...Read more
Can I take vitamin B12 if my blood type is o negative? My friend said I can't take the injections if I have this blood type. Is that true?
That's baloney: Your friend needs to stop reading disinformation websites. ...Read more
I have vitamin B12 defiency I get injections for life. I'm 4 foot 11. the blood reading was 160 on the B12 defiency. How bad was that reading..
Moderately low: Normal B12 levels for adults are 200-900 pg/mL. So 160 IS low. Also, many older adults will experience symptoms of deficiency even if the B12 is normal, but in low normal range. You must have been tested and learned that you lack intrinsic factor, a protein that helps the intestine absorb vitamin B12, or have other malabsorption issues, hence the need for injections. ...Read more
I am vitamin b12 deficient and today have been diagnosed vitamin d deficient with my blood levels at 8 for bit d. What could this mean health wise?
B12 malabsorption &:
B12 deficiency is due to lack of animal foods in diet (not found in vegan foods) or poor absorption which could be due to lack of hydrochloric acid, genetics etc. Everyone at your latitude who does not supplement with D in fall & winter becomes deficient. Both deficiencies can result in many symptoms but are both easily corrected. See http://tinyurl. Com/q84kw87
and http://tinyurl. Com/2chkcer ...Read more
No: Regular blood work does not include vit B12 levels. Md should specifically order it! ...Read more
Can vitamin B12 in the blood test fluctuate by 100 pmol/L in a month? I'm at 230 pmol/L now, was at 320 a month ago.
I take Benazpril for high blood pressure can I also take vitamin B12 with my blood pressure meds?
Yes: And B12 is in many of the foods you eat too. ...Read more
I found out I was vitamin B12 defficiant, but my red blood cells, hemoglobin, and hemotocrit are always slightly elevated. So why would this be?
I wonder too: What was th test which showd B12 deficiency? Why did you do the test in the first place? Do you have any syptoms? What was elevated? How much? White cells and platelets? You could repeat the test. You are 18 yo... Female gender? Are you vegetraian? My guts tell me: no more testing unless necessary, go to specialist...Send us more results, detalis. Thank you. ...Read more
Yes, but can treat: Low vit d can cause fatigue, muscle pain/ weakness, headaches, depression & increases risk of infections, heart disease, cancer &risk of dying! Most adults need 5-8000 iu of d3/day;avoid d2! see http://www. Drfranklipman. Com/symptoms-diseases-associated-with-vitamin-d-deficiency & http://articles. Mercola. Com/sites/articles/archive/2008/11/01/vitamin-d-is-a-key-player-in-your-overall-health. Asp &comment. ...Read more
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