I have a slightly result above normal range of MCV. What does this indicate?

I will be 72 in October, am 152 pounds and 5' 8" tall. Was 152 when I graduated from college in 1962. Do not smoke and do not drink (except for an occassional glass of wine . At most 1 a month)

Am in good health. Had a melonoma 7/2011 but it was a surface one and was successfully removed with no trace in the after biopsy.

My latest MCV was 101 (8/7/12). The one before that was 103 (9/15/11)

I had the same doctor for 20 years and changed for the 9/15/11 tests. (Prior doctor was in NYC, NYU Medical Center. 68 years of age. He was a specialist and treated me for high blood pressure and high cholestrol. Both controlled by lipitor .5 MG / day and rampril 10 mg /2 x day, with atenetol 25 mg / 2 x per day. Have taken the lipitor for 8 years and the other 2 for 20 years.It was an all day journey to visit him as I live in NJ 50 miles away.)

The new doctor (DO) is local and a 10 minute trip. She is in her late 30's or early 40's. She started me on folic acid 1 mg /day 9/15/11.

I also take saw palametto 450 mg and fish pill 1000 mg / day for my prostrate which is enlarged but ok. Regularly see a urogolist . Had bladder stones removed 5/2010 with green light lasar surgery on the prostrate. No problems now.

My latest MCV was 101 (8/7/12). The one before that was 103 (9/15/11)
I have my reults going back 10 years. The past 5 years were between 99.9 and 99.2. The prior 5 years were between 96.6 and 97.7.

The MCV is just over the normal range. Is this an issue? What is the overall + or - on the tests. What is a real alarming result on the MCV test?

Thank you


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by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Charles,

Please see my page on MCV Blood Test and that explains the answers to your question.

However, have you ever asked yourself why you have high blood pressure and high cholesterol? These are not 'random' issues. You are not 'unlucky', it's almost certainly an issue of poor eating habits. Also, both kidney stones and magnesium deficiency are most often a result of magnesium deficiency- also due to poor diet.

And if you are on cholesterol drugs, there are consequences of taking these drugs that often set off a chain reaction of even worsening health issues down the line. Please see my page on Statin Side Effects to see what I mean.

So, I would suggest that if you are interested in actually improving your health and not just masking symptoms, then please get and follow the instructions for the Real Food Summit in order to learn about the mistakes that you are making in your diet that may be contributing to your health issues.

If you want to fix these issues, you'll need to realize that they are a result of your choices and are not random problems due to genetics or bad luck.

Kerri Knox, RN

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