A blood test showed that I'm B12 deficient. Serum B12 level of 186 pg/ml, should I take vitamin B12 supplements?

B12. this low will likely cause dementia, spinal cord degeneration and peripheral neuropathy. Keep your level above 550 for the rest of your life. Recovery takes about a year in a young person. I suggest you take liquid sublingual weekly for 3 months then bi weekly thereafter. Its important to check a level after you cut back to twice a month. Use 1 1/2 dropper and hold it under the tongue for 30 sec.
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. Otherwise, 2mg oraly is optimal. There are no known side-effects of having to much.

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How much deficiency of vitamin B12 can affect my body? In my blood test I have 201 pg/ml.

201 very deficient. 201 is a very low level that can cause a wide variety of serious symptoms including poor memory/concentration, fatigue, depression, muscle weakness, anemia, tingling and numbness, agitation, delusions, heart disease etc. See http://bit.Ly/1hlbiaz ; http://bit.Ly/1607tg3. Read more...

Does vitamin B12 Deficiency have another name. My doctor said my blood test came back with this. Is there different names if the condition is worse?

Blood level of B12. All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the laboratory measures level of B12 in blood. A level above 250 is considered normal, some consider even a level at 200 to be normal. A name is not relevant, as the lab reports a number. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003705.htm. Read more...
Pernicious anemia. Vit B12 deficiency is often called pernicious amemia, as anemia is one of the many symptoms. B12 deficiency is surprisingly common. See https://chriskresser.com/b12-deficiency-a-silent-epidemic-with-serious-consequences. Read more...

I'm vitamin B12 deficiency. I am not anemic I ask the doctor. What does that mean. What sort of B12 deficiency do I have then. All blood test Back fine?

Error or masking. Two possibilities come to mind. One is you're not really B12 deficient. The lab erred or doc erred in interpretation. The other possibility is that you are B12 def., but take folic acid supplement. Folic acid will correct the anemia of B12 deficiency but—AND THIS IS IMPORTANT—not prevent ongoing neurological damage due to B12 deficiency. Discuss with your doc or get 2nd opinion from hematologist. Read more...

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...

After typhoid I was feeling week so doctor did blood test & found that I have deficiency of vitamin B12 & vitamin d I want to know good meal fr that?

Vitamin B12. If you are a vegetarian you will have to begin eating meat or to take a supplement of B12 orally. The institute of medicine states that because 10 to 30% of older people may be unable to absorb naturally occurring vitamin B12 in foods, it is advisable for those 51 years old and older to consume b12-fortified foods or B12 supplements to meet the recommended intake. Read more...