What Causes Abnormal Vitamin B6 Levels?
To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of abnormal vitamin B6 levels we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.
We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow abnormal vitamin B6 levels to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind abnormal vitamin B6 levels consists of three steps:
Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors
Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to abnormal vitamin B6 levels. Here are two possibilities:
- Nutritional Deficiency Anemia
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
lighter/paler skin color
moderate alcohol consumption
no desire to eat breakfast
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
a few white spots on fingernails
being prone to 'stitches'
high sensitivity to bright light
being a recovered alcoholic
frequent unexplained nausea
severe fatigue after slight exertion
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal vitamin B6 levels:
|Nutritional Deficiency Anemia
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). Unit: ng/mL [nmol/L]
→ Don't know
→ Confirmed deficiency in the past
→ Under 4  (low)
→ 4 to 18 [16-73] (normal)
→ Over 18  (elevated)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate history of B6 deficiency, low B6 levels, normal B6 levels or high B6 levels, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
A functional pyridoxine deficiency is common in pyroluria (often seen in alcoholics), due not so much to inadequate intake as impaired conversion to its active form, pyridoxal-5-phosphate, and enhanced degradation.