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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
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Friday, June 29, 2018

alzheimers news-can low b12 cause memory issues

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some of the labs that are done when someone has memory issues is the vitamin b12 level
a low level especially if its been around for a while can have neurological effects like
memory issues
numbness of hands and feet since the longest nerves are found there and are thus usually the ones affected first
other neurological effects

these sustained low levels are not common

i had a vitamin b12 level done early in my evaluation
it was low
the value was 146
normal is over 200
you like to see it over 300 in someone my age

the question was and is
did this have any effect on my memory
did correcting that low level to well over 500 now for 7 years has it been a contributor to one of the reasons my memory hasnt deteriorated over time
in fact it is better than when all this started

i thought a lot about why my level was low
im not a strict vegetarian as i do eat some meat less now then back then and i eat eggs a lot
i dont drink milk but do eat cheese

i have been on chronic prilosec or omeprazole treatment for a long time which can cause a problem with both vitamin b12 and folate levels being low

so i have been on both vitamin b12 and on folate now for the last 7 years
my most recent level done was still normal

what if this hadnt been checked during my initial evaluation

i probably would have continued with some issues with memory and with possibly some other neurological issues like numbness
if its really prolonged you can develop gait issues while walking
heres a case example of what can happen

for me
alls well in the b12 level world
i will need to be on the vitamin b12 forever
i dont take the shots
since taking the pills gives me enough to correct my b12 level back to normal

here is an article on vitamin b12 and dementia
is there a link

the answer

for me
im not sure if it caused mine but it probably contributed to my memory issues

the organicgreen doctor

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