Brain Atrophy, Shrinkage Linked To Low Vitamin B12 Levels

September 9, 2008

A new study published in the journal Neurology has revealed a link between low levels of vitamin B12, and brain atrophy, or shrinkage in older people.......Boston (ChattahBox) – A new study published in the journal Neurology has revealed a link between low levels of vitamin B12, and brain atrophy, or shrinkage in older people.

Researchers in the UK conducted their study on 107 volunteers who were between the ages of 61 and 87.

At the start of the study, all volunteers had normal cognitive levels, had annual clinical  exams, MRI scans, etc.

Researchers found a direct link between low levels of B12 and a decrease in brain volume.

The difference between those with the highest and lowest levels of vitamin B12 was a six-fold increase or decrease in brain volume.

Vitamin B12 is a vitamin that can be found when eating fish, meat, milk, and fortified cereals.


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