When you suffer from IBD, UC, Crohn’s this can lead to a whole gamut of cascading problems which is important to be on the look out for.
Cascading problems such as:
- Malabsorption of nutrients, causing malnutrition (often undiagnosed)
- B12 Deficiency, which if it goes undiagnosed can lead to pernicious anemia
- Inadequate Vitamin D3 levels, leaving your immune system at risk
- Ineffective or low levels of good intestinal gut flora, putting your immune system at risk
- Bone Density Loss, Osteopenia, or Osteoporosis
- Problems with Concentration
- Improper Digestion
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Intestinal Permeability
- Extra-Intestinal Symptoms of Joint Pains, Skin Rashes, Eye Problems
- Depression and Anxiety
- And of course digestive issues of: Diarrhea, Constipation, Bloating, Gas, Cramping, Abdominal Pain, Distention, just to name of few of the many symptoms
Has your Doctor told you to be on the lookout for these Cascading Problems?
So, what can you do about these Cascading Problems?
1) By being proactive and being aware, you’ll be on the lookout for these problems before they occur
2) By being aware of these problems, you’ll be able to see the symptoms and know what they correlate to
3) By putting in place certain checks and balances, you’ll be in a position to assess these problems
As it relates to B12 Deficiency, Assesment tools such as:
B12 Blood Status Panel Test
B12 and folic acid blood testing help doctors diagnose central nervous system disorders, anemia, and malabsorption syndromes. B12 and folic acid also play an important role in energy level, muscle strength and memory.
Because B12 and folate are derived solely from dietary intake, such as egg yolks, beef, poultry and fish, many people are deficient in these important vitamins.
Methylmalonic Acid (MMA) found in the urine is often associated with the early stages of B12 deficiency. MMA may be ordered along with a homocysteine test, when a vitamin B12 deficiency is suspected. An MMA test also may be ordered as a follow-up to an elevated homocysteine level.
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4) By taking some simple steps, you’ll be able to pre-empt some of these problems
Now that you know which cascade of problems to be on the lookout for, what can you do to prevent them? Let’s get through each one, and see how to pre-empt them:
A) Malabsorption of nutrients, causing malnutrition (often undiagnosed)
B) B12 Deficiency, which if it goes undiagnosed can lead to pernicious anemia
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|Vitamin B12 is present in foods of animal origin, including dairy products and eggs. Thus, vegetarians are more susceptible to a dietary deficiency of this important nutrient.224Likewise, vitamin B12 serum concentrations are reported to be significantly lower in elderly population groups compared to younger groups.225-228 It is estimated that 10% to 30% of individuals over the age of 50 have low stomach acid secretion229,230 which results in decreased bioavailability of vitamin B12 from food.To overcome food-bound vitamin B12 malabsorption problems, the Institute of Medicine recommends that vitamin B12-fortified foods (such as fortified ready-to-eat breakfast cereals) or supplements containing vitamin B12 be used to meet much of the requirement.231Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, works synergistically with vitamin B6 and folate to regenerate (methylate) the amino acid methionine, which helps to maintain already healthy homocysteine levels within normal range, which is important for heart health.232-235Cyanocobalamin is a synthetic and inexpensive form of vitamin B12 that is converted in the body to its bioactive forms, methylcobalamin and cobamamide.|
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I think it’s very important to be aware of these Cascading Problems, and specifically, B12 Deficiency, so that you can be pro-active and to pre-empt further problems. It’s unlikely your doctor has made you aware of these.