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TwinMom04 07-14-2006 09:21 PM

Homocystine levels

I recently had some blood work done and after my B12 came back at 232 my doctor ordered a couple more tests. I had my doctors office fax me my homocystine level results today (the results for the Methymalonic Acid should be back on Monday). My level is 11.0 and upon first glance I was happy to see that I was within "normal range" until I had time to think about it. I am technically within the normal range for B12 but he still ordered these tests. I did a search online for Homocystine ranges and now I'm a little freaked out. Apparently elevated homocystine levels are associated with heart disease, heart attacks, stroke, and alzheimer’ fun. From what I'm seeing online lowering your levels with B6, B9, and B12 does not increase your chances of living :eek: ok so what does?? Most of the newer studies are showing that women's levels should be below 9.0 but in order be most effective in reducing the risks associated with elevated levels they should be below 7.0.

[B]Vitamin B12 232 (180-914)[/B]
[B]Homocystine 11.0 (5.0-13.9) [/B]

WBC 10.5 (3.5 - 9.6) H
RBC 4.98 (3.89 - 4.56) H
HGB 14.6 (12.1 - 13.9) H
HCT 43 (36-41) H

Platelet count 417 (169-413) H
MPV 7.6 (7.5 - 11.2) borderline low

cardiac/Liver -
total billiruben 1.4 (0.3 - 1.2) H
A/G ratio 1.0 (1.2 - 2.3) L

Protien studies -
CRP 2.0 (should be <0.9) H

For those of you with a B12 deficiency does any of this make sense? Do these levels sound disturbing? Does it look like I have a B12 deficency with the homocystine level at 11.0? So confusing, and scary.

Thanks for any insite!

Merimac 07-16-2006 07:39 AM

Re: Homocystine levels
Folic Acid is the vitamin that influences homocystine levels, unless you were born with an inherited heart disease problems, the age old nutritious diet, exercise and stress reducing lifestyle is the best way to get out of this life alive.(joke):wave:

TwinMom04 07-19-2006 11:25 AM

Re: Homocystine levels
I thought I had replied to you but apparently I didn't. Sorry to thank you for your response so late, I do appreciate the info (and humor).

Does your user name have anything to do with your location? Do you live in NH by any chance?

Merimac 07-19-2006 05:16 PM

Re: Homocystine levels
Although it probably makes one think of the submarine. It is just a collection of syllables from my real name kind of mishmashed together. It is not close enough to reveal my anonymity though

pa235 07-19-2006 08:01 PM

Re: Homocystine levels
I had my homocystine level checked 4 years ago, it was 12.4, my Dr. put me on Foltx, a year later the level was down to 4. I have not had it checked since than because the Dr. said as long as I take the foltx it will stay down.

Foltx is:
2.5 mgs. folic acid
25 mgs. vit. B-6
2 mgs. vit. B-12

I know a lot of cardiologists use this script vitamim for their heart patients. my husband had a heart attack and his homocystine was fine but he is on Foltx also.

My Dr. explained that homocystine is a sticky amino acid that cling to the walls of the arteries thus with it being sticky plaque will build up.


turl 07-21-2006 08:59 AM

Re: Homocystine levels
At a B12 level of 232, don't let your doctor tell you "you're B12 is fine"! Research and studies done in Japan show that neurological symptoms can occur at levels of around 500! That country (and some European countries) has a "low" threshold of 550. There is no known toxicity of B12 even at mega-dosing levels, so taking it should never be a problem. Studies have shown that as long as oral dosing is high enough (>1000 mcg/day), most people will absorb enough even passively to effectively raise their serum B12 levels and sustain it....the key is dose and daily administration of it. Methylcobalamin is the best type to take if you can find it (health food store or online) followed by adenosylcobalamin (aka dibencozide) and hydroxocobalamin. Cyanocobalamin is the last choice but still effective for most people.

Good luck.

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