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My mom was diagnosed a few years ago with vitamin B12 deficiency/anemia. Could this be a genetic thing?

My mom was diagnosed a few years ago with vitamin B12 deficiency/anemia. Could this be a genetic thing?

Not exactly.: Pernicious anemia as cause of B12 deficiency is an autoimmune disease. The tendency to develop autoimmune disease is genetic, but not specific for a particular condition. It is not like eye color where you can predict with certainty what will happen. Autoimmune disease is part genetic, but something else has to happen to trigger it. ...Read more

Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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Hi I have vitamin B12 Deficiency. Doc didn't say pernicious anemia. Everyone said I'm going to get cancers.god im so scared. I've started injections?

Hi I have vitamin B12 Deficiency. Doc didn't say pernicious anemia. Everyone said I'm going to get cancers.god im so scared. I've started injections?

B12 def: Are you vegetarian or vegan, they have B12 issues at times because B12 sources are animal. May also be ileitis or intestinal issues where B12 is absorbed ( if not pernicious anemia) or dietary/ age. If you are on injections and you level are adequate ( I like above 400) I would not be concerned ,don't worry ...Read more

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Can pernicious anemia or severe vitamin B12 deficiency cause chronic non-specific duodenitis??

Can pernicious anemia or severe vitamin B12 deficiency cause chronic non-specific duodenitis??

Not clear: No clear evidence for the causal-effect relationship between the two. PA is an autoimmue-mediated destruction of parietal cells in stomach, resuling in impairmnent of B12 absorption. Certainly it is possible that pernicious anemia may co-exist or exacerbate duodenitis via immune process or loss of balance in duodenal fluid, or anemia. But the causal-effect relationship is not well established. ...Read more

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Please what's the difference between pernicious anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency.my iron levels are perfect.I'm getting injections for vitamin b12.

Please what's the difference between pernicious anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency.my iron levels are perfect.I'm getting injections for vitamin b12.

Intrinsic factor: Vitamin B12 is present in meat and animal protein foods. Absorption of B12 occurs in the intestine (ileum) and requires intrinsic factor (IF), made by stomach cells. In pernicious anemia, IF production is deficient, and results in anemia, a reduction in hemoglobin/hematocrit. One can be vitamin B12 deficient without becoming anemic and/or without having deficient IF. Best wishes:) ...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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My doctor has told me I do not have pernicious anemia. I have vitamin B12 Deficiency.blood test result was 160. So I have mild vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Get a consult: "Mild vitamin B12 deficiency" is like being "a little bit pregnant." It should not happen -- ESPECIALLY if you are, as you say, pregnant. If this happened because you are a vegetarian, reconsider or start supplementing now. Otherwise, you have a right & duty to know what's happening. Your primary care physician didn't communicate answers to you -- a 2nd physician's input is in order. ...Read more

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I have vitamin B12 Deficiency not pernicious anemia. My doctor told me. My reading was 160. What is that number is it 160mcg.

I  have vitamin B12 Deficiency not pernicious anemia. My doctor told me. My reading was 160. What is that number is it 160mcg.

It's on your report: the lab report should have a reference value. sometimes it is reported as nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL), or as picograms per milliliter (pg/mL) 1 picogram is equal to 0.001 nanograms, making the nanogram a larger unit. when you take b12, the dose is usually in micrograms (mcg) 1 mcg is equal to 1000 nanograms i had to look up all that, by the way ...Read more

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I was suffering from severe vitamin B12 deficiency until discovered recently. It left me with very weak body. How do I start gaining weight?

I was suffering from severe vitamin B12 deficiency until discovered recently. It left me with very weak body.  How do I start gaining weight?

Do not worry: B-12 deficiency can be reversed as the levels rise in your body. Your weakness could well be due to the effect on the peripheral nerves, and as things stabilize, you will regain strength. Perhaps get both a dietician and personal trainer involved. Presume you are getting regular injections, but might add the medical food metanx to stabilize a bit faster. ...Read more

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For a long term vitamin B12 deficiency, Which x Ray or test can detect nervous tissue damage.?

See details: First of all, one needs to actually have symptoms suggesting a neurologic issue to warrant any testing. If you do the EMG (electromyogram) is a good test for most peripheral nerve problems. ...Read more

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Been suffering with lhermittes for a month (mris brain&c ok). Could a 5 year addiction to nicotine gum (15x2mg daily) cause vitamin B12 deficiency?

Been suffering with lhermittes for a month (mris brain&c ok). Could a 5 year addiction to nicotine gum (15x2mg daily) cause vitamin B12 deficiency?

Unrelated. : I think you are saying you have been suffering with lhermitte's sign, and there are no findings on brain and c-spine mris to justify your symptoms. You know that b-12 deficiency can cause it, so you wonder if nicotine gum has caused that. No. Start by talking to your doc about whether you have a b-12 deficiency. Some people simply can't absorb b-12. Ssri discontinuation can also cause lhermitte's. ...Read more

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Im vitamin B12 deficiency.i get injections will have my 5th one tomorrow.then wait 3 months.My reading was 160.What good is 1ml. If your deficiency.

Im vitamin B12 deficiency.i get injections will have my 5th one tomorrow.then wait 3 months.My reading  was 160.What good is 1ml. If your deficiency.

Consult doctor: You B12 reading is lower than desired, It should be above 250. 1.0 mL contains enough B12 to last normal person for three months, but since your level is low before the injection, discuss with your doctor if you should take the injection monthly rather than every three months. ...Read more

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Can i drink green tea having diagnosed with vitamin B12 deficiency?

Can i drink green tea having diagnosed with vitamin B12 deficiency?

Yes: But by all means continue what is likely to be lifetime treatment for B12 deficiency. If you have pernicious anemia, monthly injections will safe your health and life. If you are a vegetarian, please learn how to supplement to protect your health. If you have B12 deficiency from some other cause, it's likely to be a lifetime management issue. You deserve to enjoy your tea. Stay pro-active. ...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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Can vitamin B12 deficiency lead to nasal congestion and blood in the mucus and sometimes from the salivatoo?

Can vitamin B12 deficiency lead to nasal congestion and blood in the mucus and sometimes from the salivatoo?

Unlikely: B12 deficiency leads to a certain type of anemia and peripheral neuropathy. Potential causes of your symptoms are dryness, bacterial or viral infection, sinusitis, . ...Read more

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Doe vitamin B12 deficiency (due to tropical sprue) can cause hair loss at hairline??? And is this type of hair loss is reversible???

Doe vitamin B12 deficiency (due to tropical sprue) can cause hair loss at hairline??? And is this type of hair loss is reversible???

Hairloss: Since the growth of hair requires several things including nutrition, vitamins and hormones, having tropical sprue would definitely cause your body to be stressed thus possibly lead to some hair loss. This type of hair loss is known as telogen effluvium. Usually will resolve when the underlying problem is taken care of. ...Read more

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What foods has vitamin b12.If its to big a question what site should I go to look it all up.I have vitamin B12 Deficiency.I'm getting injections?

Injection best way: Vitamin B12 is present in animal proteins, including dairy. However, people deficient in B12 usually have problems absorbing B12, even when their dietary intake is normal. Injection bypasses the intestine and provides a sure way of getting enough B12 in the body. It is an essential vitamin, so stay with injections. ...Read more

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Collagen (Definition)

Collagen is a component of extracellular tissue, which is found throughout the body. Collagen is a proten important for tissue strength and tissue healing. There are several differnt subtypes of collagen, depending on where it is found. Collagen has a high content of hydroxyproline, which is ...Read more


Connective Tissue (Definition)

There are many types of connective tissue, but in general it is a mass of fibers and thick "goopy" fluids secreted by specialized cells. The body often uses connective tissue to help ...Read more