Labwork

RNlvnCARSON
on 11/19/22 8:51 am - VA

Whats the optimal B12 lab value that bariatric surgeons recommend...in other words, should our levels be kept higher than non-bariatric patients?

catwoman7
on 11/19/22 8:59 am
RNY on 06/03/15

I don't think it needs to be higher than non-bariatric patients. Although we don't absorb it well due to our lack of intrinsic factor, so we have to supplement. I was never told it had to be above a certain amount. That said, a lot of us feel better when our B12 levels are up over 1000 (higher than normal B12 levels aren't dangerous, though - when mine got up over 2000 a couple of times, I was just told to cut back a bit on my supplementation).

RNY 06/03/15 by Michael Garren (Madison, WI)

HW: 373 SW: 316 GW: 150 LW: 138 CW: 163

RNlvnCARSON
on 11/19/22 9:25 am - VA

2000... WOW! What supplement do you take?

catwoman7
on 11/19/22 12:35 pm, edited 11/19/22 4:39 am
RNY on 06/03/15

Superior Source B12.

I started out with the 1000 mcg tablet but have been using the 5000 mcg tablet for the last three years or so. I only have to take that one once every two weeks (can't remember how often I took the 1000 mcg version - maybe a couple times a week?). You may have to play around with the frequency to see what does the trick for you. I think I started taking the 5000 mcg one since it was cheaper in the long run since i only had to take one tablet every two weeks.

https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/superior-source-no-shot-me thylcobalamin-b12-1,000mcg,-dissolve-tablets/ID=prod6179308- product

EDITED to add: Here's a better picture of it. It comes in 1000, 5000, and 10,000 mcg. As I mentioned above, I take one 5000 mcg tablet once every two weeks

RNY 06/03/15 by Michael Garren (Madison, WI)

HW: 373 SW: 316 GW: 150 LW: 138 CW: 163

hollykim
on 11/19/22 4:21 pm, edited 11/19/22 8:21 am - Nashville, TN
Revision on 03/18/15
On November 19, 2022 at 4:51 PM Pacific Time, RNlvnCARSON wrote:

Whats the optimal B12 lab value that bariatric surgeons recommend...in other words, should our levels be kept higher than non-bariatric patients?

on labs the end of oct2021, my b12 was 1650. My dr was thrilled. I take Mary Ruth?s methyl b12 sublingual spray. It is 1500 mcg per two sprays.

I buy it on Amazon about 24.00 for one ounce.

 


          

 

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