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Diet and treatment for vitamin B12 deficiency and diabetes. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   hello doc good evening
User :   ru there?
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   doc my name is
Doctor :   Hi.
User :   actually..i have vitamin B12 deficiency
Doctor :   Please go ahead with uour query.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   When was this diagnosed and how?
User :   some i week back...
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   and i also suffering from diabetes...
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   For Administrative and health purposes, Please provide these details-Age: Gender: Occupation: Location: Marital Status: Weight and Height: Dependents: Yes/ No.
User :   27 male Soft Engg,single,57 kg,5,11 No
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   my sugar is in control..
Doctor :   What other problems related to health have you got?
User :   only sugar and vitamin b12
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   i have also undergone some other test and found to be normal
Doctor :   Are youi taking any medicines?
Doctor :   As of now?
User :   i am taking glucobay for diabetes
Doctor :   Was the cause for B12 deficiency determined?
User :   not yet..what might be the cause?
Doctor :   Were you taking any medicines for a previous health condition?
User :   even my haemoglobin level is normal..14.0
User :   yeah for diabetes..m taking glucobay
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Are you suffering from any gut problem?
Doctor :   Like frequent loose motions
Doctor :   or indigestion or weakness?
Doctor :   Your weight is also very low.
User :   nope..i never had such problems..only problem is...m getting mouth ulcers..and heart palpitations
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Are you a strict vegetarian?
User :   yeah thts what m worrying..not really
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   i eat non-veg also but occasionally
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Was serum B12 levels tested in you?
User :   and i also drink and that the cause?
User :   yes...observed value..150
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   they hve given normal range as 200-889
Doctor :   I suggest that you take Cap. Cobadex Forte 1 cap per day.
Doctor :   That is a B complex tablet with B12 and C added.
User :   ok.someone suggested me that methylcobolamin is good for b12 that so?
Doctor :   Don't smoke.
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   That is added in a B complex tablet.
Doctor :   It can be taken singly too.
Doctor :   Smoking interferes with the absorption of vital nutrients,
User :   if it is taken singly..then what would be the dosage?
Doctor :   Limit alcohol as can it contribute to vitamin deficiency anemia
User :   ok
Doctor :   1500 mcg/day
User :   ok for how many months?..
Doctor :   over three times a day, that is 500mcg tab three times a day.
Doctor :   1-2 months.
User :   is it with breakfast?
Doctor :   depends on the levels.
User :   ok
Doctor :   three times a day.
User :   ok..will it improve my b12 levels?
Doctor :   Yes. But isolated B 12 deficiency is very rare. It usually has an underlying cause.
Doctor :   I would concentrate on what was the cause of the deficiency.
Doctor :   Based on that we need to find out whether if you need life long supplements or is this just an incidental finding.
User :   ok...and i also find difficulty in walking
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   I suggest that you get yourself physically examined with a physician and neurologist.
Doctor :   You may need further evaluation.
User :   actually..whenever i do exercise..instead of feeling good..i feel tierd..
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Is there any tingling and numbness in your limbs?
User :   first time sugar is low...but that wasn't the case.
User :   before it used to it's alrite..but i have less circulation in my left leg
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Is there any tingling and numbness in your limbs?
User :   sometimes...i get those..whenever i do any physiacl work..
User :   sometimes i get cramps
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   is diabetes cause B12 def?
Doctor :   What medications are you taking for your Diabetes?
User : acarbose..25 mg daily
User :   somwhere i heard metformin..cause b12 def
User :   if i remember my palpittaions started after i taking this medicine
Doctor :   Were you on Metformin previously?
User :   nope
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Were you on Acarbose ever since you were diagnosed?
User :   as i hve geard ..glucobay..acta as an it absorbs..carbohydrates..
User :   is that the cause?
Doctor :   No.
Doctor :   B12 deficiency has nothing to do with carbohydrates
User :   ok..
Doctor :   Only Metformin causes B 12 malabsorption.
Doctor :   Acarbose is not known to cause this.
User :   do u think..i have nerve problems...means..diabetic related nerve problems
Doctor :   Was there any malabsorption problem in you previously?
Doctor :   Thats why I am insisting to know.
User :   no..u believe it or not...i dont hve stomach problems..or headaches
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   i hardly get headaches..i have very good concentartion...and also get good sleep
User :   only problem is...nervousness
Doctor :   I suggest that you continue taking the Methylcobalamine and the diabetic drugs
Doctor :   Try to incorporate more meat
Doctor :   in your diet especially liver.
User :   palpitations ome time...confusion
Doctor :   If the tingling and numbness in the legs and the weakness persist then get a physical examination from a Neurologist.
User :   ok...
Doctor :   When do the palpitations come more?
User :   before i had sever problems of tingling..and numbness..but it's reduced
User :   whenever i do physical yoga
Doctor :   That is probably normal breathlessness everyone experiences.
User :   but i feel nervousness..some times..i thought it's due to b12 def
Doctor :   I suggest that you get your B 12 levels checked out after 1-2 months again.
User :   ok
User :   am i able to gain weight?
Doctor :   If the abnormality still persists only then you may need further evaluation.
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   You need to eat a balanced diet
User :   ok...
Doctor :   With more whole grains, proteins like egg white, Soya milk
User :   so shall i take methylcobolamin along with medicine u suggested
Doctor :   If you are taking Methylcobalamine
Doctor :   there is no need for cobadex too
User :   ok
Doctor :   I suggest that you get these tests done at a reputed reliable centre
User :   methylcobolamin..3 times daily...500 mcg rite?
User :   ok
Doctor :   As the readings would be accurate.
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   I recommend .
User :   ok...
User :   ok ...
User :   is anyother tests i hve to undergo?
Doctor :   As of now I dont see any tests
Doctor :   get the B12 levels after a month or 15 days
User :   to tell u the fact...i am really feeling this young age...i hve to suffer like that
User :   ok
Doctor :   Dont get disheartened. It is manage able
Doctor :   you just need to ascertain the cause
User :   one last question..can i get 500 mcg in medical stores
User :   mean methylcobolamin..
Doctor :   Yes.
User :   i have to ask for 500mcg methylcobolamin rite?
Doctor :   Yes
User :   ok thnx doctor..thnx a lote..hope my health will get improved
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form say done when done
Doctor :   Yes, I sincerely wish too.
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   thnx for ur suggestions
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting Health care magic. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
User :   bye n take care
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