Study: Can Vitamin B12 Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk?

Finnish study hints at a link, but experts call the trial small and preliminary
By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) — People who eat a diet rich in vitamin B12 may be protecting themselves from Alzheimer’s disease, a small, preliminary study suggests.

The findings add to the debate about whether vitamins can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. While this new study appears to support the role of vitamins, other studies have yielded mixed results, the researchers said.

“Previous studies have reported that vitamin B12 deficiency is a common condition in the elderly,” said lead researcher Dr. Babak Hooshmand, a research assistant with the Aging Research Center at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

“Our results indicate that vitamin B12 and related metabolites may have a role in Alzheimer’s disease, but more research is needed before we can get conclusions on the role of vitamin B12 supplements on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease,” he added.

The report is published in the Oct. 19 issue of Neurology.

Read the full article at the Business Week website here.

New Research Demonstrates Connection Between Physical Activity and Healthier Aging

Studies in Archives of Internal Medicine examine associations between exercise and cognitive function, bone density, and overall health.

Senior exercise classExercise has previously been linked to beneficial effects on arthritis, falls and fractures, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. All of these conditions threaten older adults’ ability to function independently and handle tasks of daily living.

“Regular physical activity has been associated with greater longevity, as well as with reduced risk of physical disability and dependence, the most important health outcome for most older people,” said Jeff Williamson, M.D., M.H.S., and Marco Pahor, M.D., of University of Florida. “Now, four new studies move the scientific enterprise in this area further along the path toward the goal of understanding the full range of important aging-related outcomes for which exercise has a clinically relevant impact.”

Read more at the Right at Home website.

This Father’s Day, Remind Dad About Health Screenings

Father’s Day is a great day to celebrate fathers! It’s also a great day to take stock of men’s health and well being, to help Dad enjoy many more Father’s Days.

Men lead women in 14 of the top 15 causes of death in the United States. More than half of premature deaths in men are preventable. But most men are not aware that simple screening tests can dramatically improve their health. University of Maryland Medical Center experts offer this list:

Check out the Right at Home website to see the full list!