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My brother has low vitamin d levels, low B12 levels and joint pain. What could this be?

My brother has low vitamin d levels, low B12 levels and joint pain. What could this be?

Might be Gluten: Gluten sensitivity can cause many health issues because it turns on the immune system that may also manifest with autoimmune damages. Many patients will have an inability to make intrinsic factor in the stomach so B12 is not absorbed. Lipase is often reduced so fat soluble vitamins like d are not absorbed. Lastly, because of auto-antibodies, joint pain may also occur. I recommend gene testing. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Vitamin B12 (Definition)

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


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Why would ihave low vitamin b12?

Why would ihave low vitamin b12?

Possible causes: You could have a low b-12 if you are vegetarian, have been for several years and don't take supplemental b-12. It could be low if you don't make intrinsic factor. This is made in the stomach and is needed to absorb b-12. Lack of intrinsic factor is usually an autoimmune disorder. You could have low b-12 due to taking proton pump inhibitors for a long time as stomach acid is needed as well. ...Read more

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What causes extremely low vitamin d and vitamin B12 folate?

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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B12 deficiency. I take b12 supplements but my MCV is always on high end of normal. I also take folic acid. B12 blood tests 600. ?

B12 deficiency. I take b12 supplements but my MCV is always on high end of normal. I also take folic acid. B12 blood tests 600. ?

B12: How long have you had B12? other medications ? Liver issues? Thyroid? Tested MTHFR gene ,methylmalonic acid /homocysteine/or for pernicious anemia- intrinsic factor antibodies or parietal cell antibodies ? GERD/ Crohns/bacterial overgrowth/ Whipple's as they may affect absorption. 600 appears adequate ,but body may have utilization dysfunction/variant. f/u/w/doc ...Read more

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My recent lab tests came back with Iron level of 30, transferrin of 20%, low vitamin D, high B12 and high folate. Is this cause for concern?

My recent lab tests came back with Iron level of 30, transferrin of 20%, low vitamin D, high B12 and high folate. Is this cause for concern?

Lab values: Low iron exists. Low vitamin D exists. These are not major threats but should be remedied. Take iron daily as a supplement. And add Vit d as a supplement. A real good iron pill is vitron C A good dose of Vit D is 1000 units per day ...Read more

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My uric acid is high, vitamin d low and cholesterol is highhi what causes it?

My uric acid is high, vitamin d low and cholesterol is highhi what causes it?

You can find out: I'm going to assume that you have no serious health problems you have not listed. The tendency to high uric acid is mostly hereditary; there are a few lifestyle factors such as a high-pruine diet and alcohol that may raise it. Vitamin d reflects diet, pigmentation & sun exposure. Your cholesterol is between you and your physician. Labs mean little apart from a real human being with a history. ...Read more

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Why is my vitamin d low and my bilirubin high 4.5?

Likely unrelated : Based on the limited information, unlikely related. If vitamin d level is severely low and one has gilbert syndrome, it can stress the body and bilirubin can be high. Would need to know if this is direct or indirect bilirubin (not just total). Needs further evaluation and follow-up at 4.5. ...Read more

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If my vit B12 is 937, are the rest of my vit b levels normal too?

If my vit B12 is 937, are the rest of my vit b levels normal too?

NO: Your vit B12 level is totally unrelated to the levels of your other b vitamins. B1, b2, b3, b5, b6 & folate (folic acid), (folic acid) while all in the b vitamin family, are each totally separate chemicals with separate functions. While folate (folic acid) is sometimes measured the others are not routinely measured as their levels can vary day to day. "functional" tests like organic acid analysis are better to test their adequacy. ...Read more

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Vitamin B12 level is 150, I am on 1 tablet a day for it 1mg of B12 vitamin. Is this efficient enough? I'm so tired.

Vitamin B12 level is 150, I am on 1 tablet a day for it 1mg of B12 vitamin. Is this efficient enough? I'm so tired.

See below: Unless you are a strict vegetarian, B12 deficiency suggests problem with absorption of food stuffs and that can explain other symptoms as well. If you have poor absorption of food, you will need injection of B12 and may need additional treatment for malabsorption. You may wish to consult a gastro-enterologist. See this site for info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003705.htm. ...Read more

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My B12 blood level is 154, is this low?

My B12 blood level is 154, is this low?

Very low: Yes, that is a very low B12 level. You will almost certainly feel much better when you get it up- try to raise it to at least 600. Unless you are following a vegan diet you're probably not absorbing B12 and it would be best to get B12 shots, ideally methylcobalamin or hydroxycobalamin. See http://bit.Ly/1607tg3 and http://www.Naturalnews.Com/027045_vitamin_b12_cyanocobalamin_methylcobalamin.Html. ...Read more

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What might cause high B12 levels? I also had low iron (long-standing anemia) and low vitamin D. CBC was normal except mildly low hemoglobin.

B12 normal range: There is no harm in an elevated B12 level. The normal range is established based on a population study, but the physiology and diet factors that might lead to higher levels than those in the population study are not significant. Don't worry about it in the least. Get follow-up to see that the hemoglobin comes back to normal though. ...Read more

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Very high B12 blood level, low iron, rt side ab pain despite very strict gfdiet for celiac disease, not on vitamins.What could cause high B12 levels?

Very high B12 blood level, low iron, rt side ab pain despite very strict gfdiet for celiac disease, not on vitamins.What could cause high B12 levels?

High B12 and folate (folic acid): Levels are caused by their accumulation and non use in the body. I have seen it related to vitramin b1 deficiency. Worth trying. ...Read more

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How can one tell the difference between low b12 and pernicious anaemia? Mildly low ferritin, b12, folate (folic acid) and red blood cells. Hair loss too.

This is serious: Pernicious anemia is one cause of a low B12 but your situation is complicated. If you are a non-supplementing vegetarian, please reconsider. You will need a proper set of labs and an inquiry as to the cause of each deficiency. Insist on full explanations ...Read more

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My hemoglobin level is 16.8.. I am taking gnc multivitamin which contain iron and vitamin c 500 mg so is this the cause of high hemoglibin level.male?

My hemoglobin level is 16.8.. I am taking gnc multivitamin which contain iron and vitamin c 500 mg so is this the cause of high hemoglibin level.male?

No: Nutritional supplements are an unlikely cause of elevated hemoglobin. However, even though high your hemoglobin is not abnormally high. You may wish to consult this site for more info in this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/complete-blood-count/basics/results/PRC-20014088 ...Read more

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Iam 36yrs f .what cause and what does it mean high folic acid level (24.00 ng/ml) and normal Vit B12 (475pg/ml)?

Not a problem: There are no ill-effects associated with a high serum folate. 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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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 a folate (folic acid) level of 10 a normal level? Does is it matter if my B12 level is low (276)? My homocysteine is 12.

Is a folate (folic acid) level of 10 a normal level? Does is it matter if my B12 level is low (276)? My homocysteine is 12.

See below: Your folate (folic acid) level is normal. However, one needs B12 for folate (folic acid) to work properly. Depending on the reason for low B12 you may need to take it by injection. See this site for more info on folate (folic acid). http://www.webmd.com/diet/folic-acid. ...Read more

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Can the low iron and low vitamin d be making me feel depressed and anxious? Saturation 11.8, iron 30, and a high vitamin B12 level of 965.

Can the low iron and low vitamin d be making me feel depressed and anxious? Saturation 11.8, iron 30, and a high vitamin B12 level of 965.

Possible...: Low iron and low vitamin d can contribute to feelings of fatigue, which are often associated with depression. Anxiety is less likely to be related, although the anxiety could be secondary, meaning the symptoms cause anxiety symptoms. Treatment for the iron and vit d will help determine whether your mood symptoms are related or not. ...Read more