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How can I control my homocysteine level if I have kidney problems?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If your kidneys are not working properly, you should not only take folic acid supplements but also eat a low-protein diet. This will help you control homocysteine levels, which normally increase with a high-protein diet.

In addition, make sure you get adequate B12 (in supplements, 25 micrograms) and B6 (4 milligrams) every day. Both of these vitamins lower homocysteine levels, so you want to take these with folate. Consult your physician if your homocysteine level is high.

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