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News & Views: Vitamin B12 Deficiency And Dementia
Posted on February 13, 2014 by Stephanie Tammen | Categories: MD Lesson1-5, MD Unit1, Metabolic Disease, News | | Add comment |

An observational study here at Tufts University has found that a deficiency in vitamin B12 is associated with cognitive decline in older adults, even if that deficiency is mild. Adults over the age of 75 were followed for 8 years, during which time dementia was assessed by screening. The adults that had lower vitamin B12 blood levels were more likely to experience cognitive decline during the 8 years. This is an important finding because older adults have a harder time absorbing vitamin B12 from food, which is found in meats, poultry and eggs. Read more about the study here.

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