Is It Aging, Alzheimer’s or B12 Deficiency?

Loved ones exhibiting the early signs of dementia may simply be lacking in a vital dietary nutrient.

The question you might need to ask is, “Old age or low B12?”

B12 is an essential vitamin with roles throughout the body. It is needed for the development and maintenance of a healthy nervous system, the production of DNA and formation of red blood cells.

A severe B12 deficiency results in anemia, which can be picked up by an ordinary blood test. But the less dramatic symptoms of a B12 deficiency may include muscle weakness, fatigue, shakiness, unsteady gait, incontinence, low blood pressure, depression and other mood disorders, and cognitive problems like poor memory.

Diabetes can Double the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Diabetes has been linked to complications with eyesight, circulation, heart disease, stroke and neuropathy among others.

Now we can add Alzheimer’s to the list of ailments.

Having diabetes can double the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

In the study, which included more than 1,000 men and women over age 60, researchers found that people with diabetes were twice as likely as the other study participants to develop Alzheimer’s disease within 15 years. They were also 1.75 times more likely to develop dementia of any kind.
“It’s really important for the [public’s] health to understand that diabetes is a significant risk factor for all of these types of dementia,” says Rachel Whitmer, Ph.D., an epidemiologist in the research division of Kaiser Permanente Northern California, a nonprofit health-care organization based in Oakland, California.

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