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Doctor insights on: Vitamin B12 And Folic Acid Deficiency

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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

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Low Folate Level (Definition)

Folic acid deficiency can cause severe birth defects of the brain and spinal cord known as neural tube defects. In some cases, there may be no noticeable signs of folic acid deficiency, and it is diagnosed in pregnant women only after a child is born with a neural tube defect. Usually, though, your health care provider can detect the defect with blood work and ultrasound during your prenatal checkups. When women take the recommended amount of folic acid before they conceive and through the first trimester of pregnancy, 50% to 70% of neural tube defects are prevented. Yet recent research by March of Dimes shows that many women are unaware of the ...Read more


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Will a folate (folic acid) deficiency lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency?

No: Many people on self-imposed restrictive vegetarian diets get both. They have similar effects on the blood and are both very serious health problems. ...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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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 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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Can folate (folic acid) deficiency cause pregnancy loss?

Can folate (folic acid) deficiency cause pregnancy loss?

Sure.: Folate (folic acid) is essential for rapidly replicating tissues, such as the early embryo and placenta. Folate (folic acid) deficiency can certainly increase your chances of early pregnancy failure - in fact folate (folic acid) antagonist Methotrexate is used for that specific reason in cases of ectopic pregnancy. Take 1-5 mg Folic Acid daily throughout your reproductive life! ...Read more

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What would cause elevated B12 and folate (folic acid) levels?

What would cause elevated B12 and folate (folic acid) levels?

Stop worrying: We see these from time to time. They are no cause for concern. Reference ranges are set for the vast majority of people. Just be happy. Elevated B12 has some arcane significance in hematology but it does not apply to healthy people. Just be glad. ...Read more

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How much folate (folic acid) to take if ttc and have folate (folic acid) deficiency?

How much folate (folic acid) to take if ttc and have folate (folic acid) deficiency?

4 mg a day: Typically dose for women trying to conceive would be 400 mcg a day, but if you have a truly diagnoses folate (folic acid) deficiency, then i would likely increase to 4mg a day. ...Read more

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Can deficiency of vitamin B12 and d cause indigestion?

Yes.: The symptoms of B12 deficiency can be quite subtle, but GI upset, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, etc do occur. Sore tongue, weakness, and neurological problems are more common. B12 deficiency is an unlikely cause of indigestion, however, with many other causes being more likely. ...Read more

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Previous ida. Now high B12 and folate (folic acid) levels. Ferritin result is not back. Significant hair loss and sob? Could high folate (folic acid) mask B12 deficiency? Thx

Previous ida. Now high B12 and folate (folic acid) levels. Ferritin result is not back. Significant hair loss and sob? Could high folate (folic acid) mask B12 deficiency? Thx

Masks anemia only: High folate (folic acid) can mask megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency but does not affect B12 levels. The high B12 levels you have are proof that you don't have B12 deficiency. I don't know what ida is. Hair loss ; sob can have many causes. It sounds like you are being evaluated for possible causes. ...Read more

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Is folic acid absorption affected by pernicious anemia?

Is folic acid absorption affected by pernicious anemia?

No: Pernicious anemia is an inability to absorb vitamin b12, which is a complex process requiring an intact and functioning stomach, exocrine pancreas, intrinsic factor, and small bowel. By comparison, Folic Acid is much more easily absorbed and those with pernicious anemia should have no problem absorbing folic acid. ...Read more

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Can a folate (folic acid) deficiency cause prenatal health problems?

Can a folate (folic acid) deficiency cause prenatal health problems?

Folate (folic acid): Folate (folic acid) is critical to fetal development particularly formation of the nervous system. ...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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Looking for information on B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency in vegetarians?

Looking for information on B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency in vegetarians?

B12 deficient common: Being vegetarian may reduce risk of folate (folic acid) deficiency, as the best sources of folate (folic acid) are dark leafy greens, lentils, beans, broccoli & asparagus.However, fruits & vegies generally don't contain b12, so vegetarians are at risk of B12 deficiency.Eggs and dairy products do have b12, but even vegetarians who eat those average less than half the rda of b12. B12 supplements are thus advised. See comment:. ...Read more

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I have vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiency. I was prescribed bactrum and read not to take if i'm folic acid deficient?

Vitamins: Are you taking replacement B12 and folate? It would be very difficult for you at 18 years old to be deficient in these vitamins unless you were alcoholic and not eating. Nail down this diagnosis. You should be able to take the Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) but check with your physician just in case. ...Read more

Folic Acid (Definition)

Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...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