|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 117
Serum B12 and folate level in alcoholics and nonalcoholics: Correspondence
Pathum Sookaromdee1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2
1 Private Academic Consultant, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Biological Science, Joseph Ayobabalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Nigeria
|Date of Web Publication||10-Jan-2023|
Dr. Pathum Sookaromdee
Private Academic Consultant, 111 Bangkok 122 Bangkok 103300
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Sookaromdee P, Wiwanitkit V. Serum B12 and folate level in alcoholics and nonalcoholics: Correspondence. Muller J Med Sci Res 2022;13:117
|How to cite this URL:|
Sookaromdee P, Wiwanitkit V. Serum B12 and folate level in alcoholics and nonalcoholics: Correspondence. Muller J Med Sci Res [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Feb 5];13:117. Available from: https://www.mjmsr.net/text.asp?2022/13/2/117/367415
We read the publication on "A cross-sectional study of serum B12 and folate level in alcoholics and nonalcoholics" with a great interest. Determining hematological changes in chronic alcoholics and facilitating therapy and adequate psychiatric counseling, according to Myilsamy et al., will reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality among alcoholics, as well as complications such as liver cirrhosis, renal and heart disease, cerebellar degeneration, pancreatitis, neural disorders, and others. We both agree that hematological parameters or serum folate/Vitamin B12 levels in alcoholics may vary. However, it is critical to understand the confounding variables. In areas with a high incidence of hemoglobinopathy, the hematological parameter, serum folate, and Vitamin B12 may be confounded. For example, independent of alcohol consumption, thalassemic patients often have lower serum levels of folate and Vitamin B12 than healthy controls.
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