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How to determine a vitamin b12 deficiency?

Discussion in 'Detox: Methylation; B12; Glutathione; Chelation' started by jason30, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. jason30

    jason30 Senior Member

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    Hi,

    It is not that I am looking for a shortage, but I want to exclude it because of all my current health issues. I have a lot of mineral and vitamin shortages and I would be suprised if my b12 levels are normal.

    And because of more health issues, I can't determine a b12 deficiency based on the symptom list.

    I am deficient in cobalt; 0.1
    Normal serum Vitamin b12 test by doc: 325 pmol/L
    Doc says: All good!

    Is there something I can check more to rule out a b12 deficiency?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Eastman

    Eastman Senior Member

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    The other possible tests are for:

    - methylmalonic acid
    - homocysteine
    - holotranscobalamin

    For details, see here or here.
     
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  3. Chocolove

    Chocolove Tournament of the Phoenix - Rise Again

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    @jason30 Check out this book:
    Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses: Sally ... - Amazon.com
    https://www.amazon.com/Could-Be-B12-Epidemic-Misdiagnoses/dp/1884995691
    "The definitive book on B12 deficiency, diagnosis and treatment for the lay reader and for the interested physician." (Jeffrey Dach, M.D.) "As a practicing physician I can only hope that malpractice attorneys don't read this book." (Richard Nimbach, D.O.) "The most important book I have read in decades ... clearly, concisely...

    Amazon.com: Could It Be B12-An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses: Toys ...
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    I have extremely low b12 due to atrophic gastritis. This book answered all of my questions. I'm about to order two more books - one to give to my physician (who seems to have no clue as to the importance of maintaining levels) and one for elderly in-laws, who I feel certain could benefit from b12.
     
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  4. jason30

    jason30 Senior Member

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    Thanks @Eastman , do you also happen to know if a deficiency in cobalt could be linked to a vitamin b12 deficiency?
     
  5. jason30

    jason30 Senior Member

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    Thanks for the book tips, I will first have an extensive blood test done and then I check these tips.
     
  6. Eastman

    Eastman Senior Member

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    I assume it is. From the University of Rochester Medical Center:

    Indeed, the elderly have increased risk of B12 deficiency.

    I'm sure you already know this but because this is important, I'd just like to provide a reminder to anyone else that the elderly also have increased risk of a variety of nutrient deficiencies and age-related ailments, so I think refeeding syndrome and aldosterone-related effects induced by B12 repletion could be especially dangerous for them.
     
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  7. jason30

    jason30 Senior Member

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    Thanks for pointing that out, good to know!
    I will test it further and decide if I start with b12 and folate.
    I do have the MTHFR gene, so getting active folate is important for me I guess.
     

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