MCV Result Consistently on the High Side

by Riaz

I am 71 year old male, and during check-up doctor ordered cmp14, cbc etc tests. All my tests are wonderful, right in or close to the middle of the range, except MCV at 98 when the range listed is 79-97. To me, looking at other test results, this seems to be high. I would consider even the high side of the range somewhat problematic. The doctors note says everything is practically normal.

But my gut feeling is that MCV should not be higher than the normal range. Looking at my past results, I find that it has always been on the high side.
2008 98.5
2009 97
7/2011 98

7/2012 98

Is this anything I should be concerned with? I could of course start using some B-12 every day as a precaution.
I do have a problem with fatigue, headaches and some insomnia, but that does not affect my blood test results at all.

My cholestrol is very pleasing: 152 total, HDL 54, VLDL 15, LDL 83, and triglycerides 74. It was never this good before, but I guess my use of pine bark extract, and policosanol has helped. Two years ago, a heart specialist had wanted to put me on statin drugs, but I did not take the advice and started using oat meal, and taking natural supplements.
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by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Riaz,
You are a smart man avoiding cholesterol medications and wanting to do something about your MCV before it gets in the abnormal range.

As we get older, we have a harder time absorbing B12 from food, so it's actually a very good idea to take Vitamin B12 preventatively so as not to get the mental decline that can result from not getting B12, and of course the fatigue that comes along with it as well.

Since you already have fatigue, it would certainly be worth your while to give some B12 a try. Please read my page on Vitamin B12 Deficiency Treatment to see how to go about doing this.

Also, your headaches and insomnia could be Signs of Magnesium Deficiency.

Kerri Knox, RN

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