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Blood Test Readings

Hi clivealive, wedgewood, fbirder

I have finally been given my blood test readings by my GP's surgery after numerous phone calls!!

B12 - 483

Folate- 1.9

IF - Negative

I obviously realise that my Folate reading is very low and my GP is still advising that I just supplement with 10mg of Folic Acid. I would appreciate your feedback on whether this will be sufficient to help with my symptoms.

Many thanks

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Had you been taking any supplements for the months before the blood test?

The B12 is certainly fairly high/normal (need to know the units (ng/L or pmol/L) and the folate is low.

I would follow the doc's advice and take folic acid. Did they mean just one 10 mg dose, or 10 mg a day. The latter sounds a lot and I wouldn't keep it up for too long.

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No I had not been taking any supplements before the blood test.

I was told to take 10mg daily. How long do you advise taking this dose for? Unfortunately, my GP did not indicate what period of time I should take supplement for.

Many thanks


I'd ask the GP. They may well want you to keep taking it until they retest, just to make sure that levels have got back up to something sensible.


I'd say the same as fbirder and hope the Folate processes the B12.


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