B12 and CKD | B12 Deficiency and Kidney Disease Supplementation
Today’s video is about B12 and CKD. This information comes from the current cardiology reviews, February 9th, 2023, and the study is titled “Homocystine Vitamin B12 and Folate Level Possible Risk Factors in the Progression of Chronic heart and Kidney Disorders.” B12 is a super Nutrient. You need it for hundreds of processes in your body from helping with anemia, which is common in kidney disease, to memory and brain.
First off, get tested. You wanna know your B12 level, and as you age, you don’t absorb it as well. So levels on a blood test can go between 250 upwards of 1100. Anything below 400 you need to supplement with. So make sure you look at your values and see what those numbers are. So get tested. If you’re gonna supplement, use methylcobalamin.
Vitamin B12 can have benefits that are very specific to Kidney Disease patients. Complications with vitamin B12 metabolism is considered a risk factor of poor outcomes associated with chronic kidney disease. This is because homocysteine metabolism forms an important aspect of the vitamin B12 metabolic pathway.
Hyperhomocysteinemia is commonly observed in chronic kidney disease and End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD). Supplementing with vitamin B12 can help kidney patients with this specific issue. If you have chronic kidney disease, you should consider getting your vitamin B12 levels tested, and supplementing if necessary. If your levels come back below 400, you definitely should be supplementing with vitamin B12. Along with the physical benefits vitamin B12 offers, it also offers various mental health benefits. Vitamin B12 plays a role in serotonin production, so a deficiency may be connected with clinical depression.
Studies have found that disabled older women with a B12 deficiency were found to have double the risk of severe depression as those without a deficiency. Consider adding vitamin B12 to your chronic kidney disease health regimen for increased physical and mental health. To your best kidney health everyone!