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Homocysteine (Blood Test)

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Comment from: Gitana, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I am a 71-year-old female who's quite active. In 2016 my homocysteine level was 7.9 which is normal. Within a year it went to 9.3 while taking both B12 and folate. In the last three months I increased my B12 to 1000 mcg, folate to 5000 mcg, B6 to 100 mg, and riboflavin (B2) to 25 mg. On the new doses various aches and pains disappeared and I no longer need ibuprofen 2 to 3 time per day. Last week I rechecked my homocysteine and it dropped from 9.3 to 6.7 and my C-reactive protein went from 2.0 to 1.5.

Comment from: Oldflyboy, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 19

Two years ago I was diagnosed with a homocysteine level of 19. I had been fasting, but I am sure the blood was not placed on ice as recommended. After two years of treatment with Virt-Vite twice a day, my level dropped to 10.4. My provider says it must be under 10.

Comment from: harry , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 06

I am a physician, 2 weeks ago I had my blood level of homocysteine checked at the lab of my hospital. It came back at 19. I was so shocked that I almost lost it. Then I realized that first of all I was not fasting, and second I don't remember the lab technician placing my sample on ice immediately. Without any change I returned to the lab after a 6 hours fast, reordered the test on myself making sure that the technician placed the sample in a bag of ice immediately and they spin it in less than 1/2 hour. The level came down to 8. You should make sure that all these precautions are taken before you accept the results. Good luck.

REFERENCES:

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Saposnik G; Ray JG; Sheridan P; McQueen M; Lonn E. Homocysteine-lowering therapy and stroke risk, severity, and disability: additional findings from the HOPE 2 trial. Stroke. 2009; 40(4):1365-72

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