Jul 4, 2012

Alzheimer's and Vitamin B12 Deficiency

The Framingham Offspring Study found that Vitamin B12 Deficiency is a big problem. How bad? As many as forty percent of the population might be at risk of a vitamin B12 deficiency.

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Earlier today I wrote, I Cured My Neighbors' Alzheimer's, and explained how my neighbor was cured of his Alzheimer's like symptoms with a series of Vitamin B 12 shots. His dementia like symptoms were being cause by a Vitamin B12 deficiency -- a low blood level of vitamin B12.

The odds that an older person is suffering from a Vitamin B12 deficiency is quite high. This happens because as we age our bodies lose the ability to properly absorb vitamin B12 from food. This means it could happen even if you are eating a good diet.

In addition, it is more likely that dementia patients could suffer from a Vitamin B12 deficiency because they have more problems with eating.

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The Framingham Offspring Study found that this problem is more common than was currently thought. How bad? As many as forty percent of the population might be at risk of a vitamin B12 deficiency. No wonder so many older adults are so moody. Are you moody?

Ever complain about the mood or behavior of your dementia patient, or loved one? Many of you will answer this question -- yes.

Did you have the doctor check for a Vitamin B12 Deficiency? Most of you will answer -- no.

It really isn't as simple as getting the blood tested for a Vitamin B12 Deficiency. Why you ask? Because in recent years researchers are finding that the lower band for this test is too low.

In 2006, I took some research information to Doc C and asked him to give my mother a monthly B12 shot. He looked at the test, and while she was not below the lower band of the test, the test itself did look suspicious. Meaning she was near the lower band.

My mother received a monthly B12 shot for almost 6 years. I believe it did improve her mood, behavior, and to a minor extent thinking.

There was also a big upside to the monthly B12 shot. This meant my mother also received a quick check-up from the doctor every month. And, for the last few years I took a urine sample with me every time. This was designed to head off possible urinary tract infections. It worked several times.

I should mention that we also started buying our own B12 via prescription. This started when there was shortage of vitamin B12, and from then on we just continued procuring our own. It is very cheap to buy.

I did not give the B12 shot. I took our vile of B12 with us to the doctor and they gave her the shot.

There is no real downside to a monthly vitamin B12 shot. I strongly suggest that you ask your doctor to administer the shot for a few months and see if you can detect any change in mood, thinking, or behavior.

You might benefit. Just like we did.

Keep in mind, B vitamins are critical to good health. This includes your heart and muscles.

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+Bob DeMarco  is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The blog contains more than 4,700 articles with more than 342,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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