If you have had a miscarriage or you are considered at high risk of miscarriage, it may be beneficial to learn what your Homocysteine levels are.
High Homocysteine levels can cause blood clottingHomocysteine is a common amino acid found in your body. While it is not harmful in normal levels, when those levels get too high it can cause blood clots that can prevent the foetus from developing and lead to miscarriage. People with higher Homocysteine leevls also have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke due to their blood clotting more easily than usual. With no real test blood test to check for blood clots, prevention is a better option. Homocysteine levels can be tested in your blood and any reading over 10 is considered significant. Researchers in Bergen/Osb Norway studied several thousand patients and reported that Homocysteine levels higher than 10-10.7 increased a woman’s chance of a miscarriage by a whopping 38%
High Homocysteine levels in pregnancy have also been associated with:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Neural tube defects
- Abruptio placenta
How can I reduce my Homocysteine levels?
- Supplement with B12, B6 and folic acid
- Test for the MTHFR gene mutation, which can be a blood or cheek swab
- Find a practitioner that is educated and aware of the negative impacts of Homocysteine so they can provide a treatment protocol