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Doctor insights on: Vitamin B12 Deficiency And Autoimmune Disease

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Is a vitamin B12 deficiency associated with Lyme disease?

Is a vitamin B12 deficiency associated with Lyme disease?

No: There is no literature or study showing any correlation between Lyme disease a.nd B12 deficiency. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as ...Read more


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Who is at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency?

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 symptoms a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause?

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 are symptoms a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause?

What are symptoms a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause?

Energy Loss +: Loss of energy in addition to others that you can read on this link:
1) http://www. Webmd. Com/food-recipes/guide/vitamin-b12-deficiency-symptoms-causes
2)http://chriskresser. Com/b12-deficiency-a-silent-epidemic-with-serious-consequences. ...Read more

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How common is vitamin B12 deficiency in the elderly?

How common is vitamin B12 deficiency in the elderly?

Quite common: Underlying malnutritions, medications, strophic gastritis &dietary preferences will play a role. Important to diagnose since it treatable easily. ...Read more

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Vitamin B12 deficiency causes itching, what can I do?

Vitamin B12 deficiency causes itching, what can I do?

Decisive treatment: Don't know if it's the cause of your itch, if you are B12 deficient, either from an ill-advised experiment with a vegetarian lifestyle without supplementation, or pernicious anemia or harboring a fish tapeworm, you had better start getting supplemented now and continuing or you are going to end up with brain damage. Forgive my frankness, and I hope your physician made this clear as well. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to have high hemoglobin and also a vitamin B12 deficiency?

Is it possible for someone to have high hemoglobin and also a vitamin B12 deficiency?

B12 Deficiency: There are several things that happen with a B12 deficiency including anemia, neuropathies, and non-soecific neurological affects such as fatigue, depression, irritability, and psychosis. You ask an excellent question. Through research, I could not find any whether the neurological symptoms could occur before the anemia. Clinically, patients are diagnosed with B12 deficiency through anemia first. ...Read more

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Can a vitamin B12 deficiency bring around ocd?

Can a vitamin B12 deficiency bring around ocd?

Amazingly, yes: Hermesh et al published in 1988 about 20% of an ocd group having unusually low levels of b12. http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/3176999
there was another report by sharma & biswas, 2012 - a cae of a middle-aged man with ocd, low serum b12, and a + family hx of B12 deficiency who responded to B12 replacement.
I would definitely get that level, as well as a methylmalonic acid level, checked. ...Read more

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Will a vitamin B12 deficiency cause infertility?

Will a vitamin B12 deficiency cause infertility?

B 12 deficit: If a patient has been found deficient in vitamin B12 usually is due to poor absorption in the stomach because of lack of intrinsic factor. Then the replacement or treatment with B12 must be parenteral (intramuscular) or at least sublingual. ...Read more

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Can having vitamin B12 deficiency cause OCD symptoms?

Can having vitamin B12 deficiency cause OCD symptoms?

Not at all likely: Almost no chance of a direct link, but... We do know that: 1) the b vitamins are important to nervous system functioning. 2) B12 can make a noticeable difference in how good one feels. 3) deficiencies are (by definition) good to correct. So, do try to improve your diet and even supplement nutrients that are hard to get enough of. See a professional for ocd treatment too. ...Read more

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Dose metformin cause a vitamin B12 deficiency? I am taking this.

Dose metformin cause a vitamin B12 deficiency? I am taking this.

Yes: Many medications can promote B12 deficiency. Metformin is one of them. Stomach acid-blockers are another.
Aim for serum B12 levels of at least 800. ...Read more

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Is there any link between cholelithiasis and vitamin B12 deficiency?

Is there any link between cholelithiasis and vitamin B12 deficiency?

Indirectly: While there is no known direct link between vitamin B12 deficiency and cholelithiasis, there is a significantly increased rate of gallstones in patients with pernicious anemia. Pernicious anemia is a condition in which red blood cells are decreased due to vitamin B12 deficiency. So, if ones B12 deficiency is severe enough to cause pernicious anemia, then the risk of gallstones is increased. ...Read more

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What doctor treats vitamin b12 deficiency?

What doctor treats vitamin b12 deficiency?

Any one: Any primary care doctor can treat B12 deficiency. It used to be treated with injections but now can often be managed with or or sublingual B12. Levels need to be monitored by the doctor so see one right away if you have this condition. ...Read more

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Can a vitamin B12 deficiency cause permanent nerve damage?

Can a vitamin B12 deficiency cause permanent nerve damage?

If not treated: B-12 deficiency can cause peripheral neuropathy, problems with spinal cord dysfnctn (poor vibration and position sensations), and cognitive problems to the brain. Much may be reversible, but without timely treatment, problems will be persistent.
1000 mcg injections per month should suffice. ...Read more

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Does vitamin B12 deficiency cause brain and nerve problems?

Does vitamin B12 deficiency cause brain and nerve problems?

Yes: In the early 19th century, scientists noted weakness and numbness with B12 deficiency. Recently, B12 has been shown to upregulate neurotrophic factors (chemicals [cytokines] that help nerve cells grow) & downregulate neurotoxic factors (chemicals that break down nerve cells). In other words, B12 helps nerve cells grow and prevents their destruction by naturally occurring brain chemicals. ...Read more

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Why does vitamin B12 deficiency cause neurological symptoms?

Why does vitamin B12 deficiency cause neurological symptoms?

Required by nerves: This co-factor is needed by the nerves to stay healthy. Each nerve cell has a self repair system that relies on a variety of nutrients in our diet to provide the needed material to keep the walls intact and the cell working. Lack of B12 eventually causes that repair system to start breaking down and nerve cells malfunction or degenerate, leading to neurologic symptoms. ...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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Are the neurological symptoms from vitamin B12 deficiency reversible?

Not Always: The progression of neurologic complications is generally gradual. They are not always reversible with treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency, especially if they have been present for a long time. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Vitamin B12 Deficiency (Definition)

Occurs when there is a lack of absorption or intake from diet. Symptoms can ...Read more