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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Vitamin B12 Deficiency (Overview)

Occurs when there is a lack of absorption or intake from diet. Symptoms can include fatigue and neuropathy.


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What are the effects of vitamin B12 deficiency?

What are the effects of vitamin B12 deficiency?

Anemia is main: There are many symptoms of B12 deficiency. The most prominent is a type of anemia where your red blood cells are decreased in number, increased in size, and decreased in color. Since they are not normal, they do not carry oxygen like they're supposed to. As B12 deficiency worsens, the anemia gets worse and you get weaker and sicker. You also have trouble with thinking and brain function, etc.. ...Read more

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
241 doctors shared insights

Vitamin B12 Deficiency (Overview)

Occurs when there is a lack of absorption or intake from diet. Symptoms can include fatigue and neuropathy.


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Is it possible to have a vitamin B12 deficiency if your serum level is 250 p/mol? have every symptom plus high MCV and mch

Is it possible to have a vitamin B12 deficiency if your serum level is 250 p/mol? have every symptom plus high MCV and mch

As a matter of fact yes: I cannot go into the complex details, but I had two young patient's years ago, both of whom had elevated blood levels of vitamin B12. But both of them also had evidence of thiamin deficiency that would result in deficiency of energy. I concluded that vitamin B12 was collecting in the blood and not being used in metabolism. Try a supplement of thiamin and see whether the vitamin B12 levels come down. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

What are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

B12 for red cells: Many people are B12 deficient. It's an important nutrient in red blood cell and nerve development. Symptoms of deficiency include: weakness, fast heart beat, pale skin, easy bruising, tingling or numbness in fingers and toes, difficulty walking, depression, memory loss and dementia. A significant factor in causes of this deficiency is the use of acid-reducing drugs for gerd. ...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 there any test or scan to find out permanent nerve damage occurring due to vitamin B12 deficiency ?

Is there any test or scan to find out permanent nerve damage occurring due to vitamin B12 deficiency ?

Yes: Usually in a young person with adequate replacemnt therapy (for life) the problems resolve. Somatosensory evoked potentials for cord involvemnt, ncv for periperal nerve involvment, cognitive testing and blood tests (cbc and b12) are available if problems persist beyond 1 year. Be sure to keep your serum B12 level above 350 or preferably above 450 if youve suffered neurological injury. ...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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I've had symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency for years, does it mean that ill have permanent nerve damage?

I've had symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency for years, does it mean that ill have permanent nerve damage?

Correct diagnosis?: B12 deficiency can cause spinal cord (subacute combined degeneration) or peripheral nerve problems , but usually is treatable with B12 injections. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat vitamin B12 deficiency without taking suppliments, ie. Only through dietary changes?

Is it possible to treat vitamin B12 deficiency without taking suppliments, ie. Only through dietary changes?

Yes - See Links:: 1) http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/vitamin_b12_deficiency 2) http://www.Doctoroz.Com/videos/end-your-energy-crisis-vitamin-b12 3) http://chriskresser.Com/b12-deficiency-a-silent-epidemic-with-serious-consequences 3) http://www.Webmd.Com/food-recipes/guide/vitamin-b12-deficiency-symptoms-causes. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vitamin B12 deficiency?

What is the treatment for vitamin B12 deficiency?

Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 deficiency is cured by the administration of vitamin b12. The issue is how to adminster the vitamin which requires an intact stomach with a functioning chemical called intrinsic factor and an functioning distal terminal ileum. If these arent functioning (your clinician will review this with you) then the vitamin can be administered by monthly injections of B12 rather than by the oral. ...Read more

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How can I cure vitamin B12 deficiency?

How can I cure vitamin B12 deficiency?

B12 supplements: It is important to figure out why you are B12 deficient. This will also help to determine what treatment is most appropriate. For many, taking B12 supplements by mouth in high enough dose can overcome absorption problems (1000mcg/day). For others, B12 injections are needed, either short-term or lifelong. ...Read more

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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

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Who is at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency?

Many: The classic B12 deficient people are severe alcoholics and vegan type vegetarians. Obviously, the reason for the deficiency is different in the two groups. Vegans simply don't eat enough B12 containing foods. Alcoholics are a bit more complicated than that. ...Read more

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I have a vitamin B12 deficiency. Can they give me a shot every month now?

Absolutely: B12 in the form of methyl cobalamin is necessary for numerous biochemical pathways. It can prevent psychoses, nerve tissue degeneration and megaloblastic anemia. Methyl B12 can be given safely at doses up to 3mg intramuscularly and can be given weekly in those patients who cannot absorb it through the GI tract. There are no known side-effects of having to much. ...Read more

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What causes a vitamin B12 deficiency?

Multiple causese: There are several causes: low stomach acid, pernicious anemia, poor consumption of foods containing B12 and a genetic predisposition that requires more B12 like mthfr gene defect. ...Read more

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How can I cure vitamin B12 deficiency?

B12 supplements: It is important to figure out why you are B12 deficient. This will also help to determine what treatment is most appropriate. For many, taking B12 supplements by mouth in high enough dose can overcome absorption problems (1000mcg/day). For others, B12 injections are needed, either short-term or lifelong. ...Read more

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Who is at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency?

Many: The classic B12 deficient people are severe alcoholics and vegan type vegetarians. Obviously, the reason for the deficiency is different in the two groups. Vegans simply don't eat enough B12 containing foods. Alcoholics are a bit more complicated than that. ...Read more

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What are the effects of vitamin B12 deficiency?

Anemia is main: There are many symptoms of B12 deficiency. The most prominent is a type of anemia where your red blood cells are decreased in number, increased in size, and decreased in color. Since they are not normal, they do not carry oxygen like they're supposed to. As B12 deficiency worsens, the anemia gets worse and you get weaker and sicker. You also have trouble with thinking and brain function, etc.. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

B12 for red cells: Many people are B12 deficient. It's an important nutrient in red blood cell and nerve development. Symptoms of deficiency include: weakness, fast heart beat, pale skin, easy bruising, tingling or numbness in fingers and toes, difficulty walking, depression, memory loss and dementia. A significant factor in causes of this deficiency is the use of acid-reducing drugs for gerd. ...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