Hello, I'm new here
I have been diagnosed with auto-immune hypothyroid disease for just over a year, but have had symptoms since early 2014. I have just had the results back from a private blood test, which among other things, reveals that both my b12 and folate levels are low:
Active b12 34.3 (25.1-165)
Folate serum 5.68 (2.91 - 50)
The helpful peeps over at the Thyroid UK forum have suggested that at that low level I should ask my GP if I can be tested for Pernicious Anaemia.
I am a dedicated meatatarian and also consume plenty of eggs and milk, so I figure I must have some issue with absorption. I'm surprised my folate level is so low as I do eat green veg and chick peas quite frequently, but honestly, I could probably do better here.
Should I ask to be tested? The problem is that my GP already thinks I'm a nut-job for insisting that my Hypo medication is not resolved, so I am reluctant to try to convince him of yet another thing wrong if there is a sensible alternative.
What are the forum's thoughts on b12 nasal sprays, for example. Are these absorbed by-passing the digestive system as I assume they are? If a conceivable alternative, what sort of dose should I consider?
For info, I'm 42, female and otherwise fit and healthy.
Thanks in advance x