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The B for Your Bones: Low vitamin B-12 levels linked to osteoporosis

By | July 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

New research conducted by Katherine Tucker, PhD, of Tufts University, examined dietary factors in relation to osteoporosis and uncovered a positive association between vitamin B-12 and bone health. In other words, the authors conclude that vitamin B-12 deficiency may be an important modifiable risk factor for osteoporosis. “Osteoporosis is becoming a much greater issue now [...]

B-12: Food for the bones

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

New research on diet and osteoporosis has revealed that vitamin B-12 deficiency may be an important modifiable risk factor for osteoporosis. After gauging bone quality and B-12 levels in more than 2,500 men and women, researchers found that people with low B-12 levels had on average lower bone mineral densities — putting them at greater [...]

B12: Are You Short? Seniors and vegetarians are most at risk for problems

By | July 21st, 2015|HNU Archive|

Vitamin B12 deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the developing world and possibly in North America as well, reports the August issue of the Harvard Health Letter. Sometimes the only symptoms of a B12 deficiency are subtle cognitive and neurological changes. More serious shortages can result in dementia or anemia. Breast-fed infants of [...]

Slow Bone Loss: Study stresses importance of adequate B-12

By | June 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Older women with low levels of vitamin B-12 are more likely to experience rapid bone loss, according to new research. The new findings help to establish the importance of vitamin B-12 in the bone health of women as they age. Vitamin B-12, which is found in animal products, such as meat, shellfish, milk, cheese and [...]

Fainting spells in elderly: try B-12

By | June 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

If you feel faint when you stand up from a chair or bed, you may be low in vitamin B-12, according to new research. “Orthostatic hypotension” (OH) is a loss of blood pressure when standing up from a sitting or laying down position. Experienced by many older people, these fainting spells can result in serious [...]

B for the Brain: B-12 linked to risk for memory problems among elderly

By | June 23rd, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

Among healthy people over the age of 75 who have the genotype associated with higher risk for Alzheimer’s, low levels of vitamin B-12 are associated with significantly worse performance on memory tests. Scientists already knew of a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer’s disease, and that low levels of two B vitamins — B-12 and folic acid [...]

Help for Depression: B-vitamin shows promise

By | June 13th, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

Research published in BMC Psychiatry shows that people suffering from depression respond better to treatment if they have high levels of vitamin B-12 in their blood. Researchers from the Kuopio University Hospital in Finland monitored 115 patients suffering from depression over a six-month period, and grouped them according to how well they responded to treatment: [...]

The B-12 Battle: Elderly may be most at risk for deficiency

By | June 13th, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

Growing older carries more risks, among them the risk for vitamin B-12 deficiency. Emerging evidence points to B-12 deficiency as an increasingly common reason behind high levels of homocysteine in the blood — a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Deficiencies of folic acid (folate) can also cause high levels of homocysteine. The metabolism of these [...]

Slowing Alzheimer’s: Three Bs put to the test

By | June 11th, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

According to researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center's Memory Disorders Program, three common B vitamins may make a difference in the lives of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. They have published encouraging results of a preliminary study and are leading a 40-centre trial to see whether the three vitamins - folic acid, B-12 and [...]