B Vitamins Can Reduce Homocysteine Blood Levels but Do Not Appear to Reduce Heart Event and Death
Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer. There are many factors that can play a role in the development and progression of the disease.
The Haukeland University Hospital in Norway conducted a study to try to find a connection between B vitamins for homocysteine levels and heart disease or death. The study published in
, found that treatment with vitamin B or
About the Study
The randomized double blind controlled study followed 3096 patients after undergoing a
The doses for all were folic acid (0.8mg), B12 (0.4 mg), and B6 (40 mg). Patients were followed for death,
The study lasted 7 years but was ended early because of participants concern after negative results from another study reviewing homocysteine-lowering therapy were released. There were methodological limitations which mean that the results may not be fully reliable.
How Does This Affect You?
Homocysteine is just one factor in the development of heart disease. Follow basic guidelines for a healthy heart including maintaining health weight,
Talk to your doctor about your risk factors for heart disease. Get regular check-ups to monitor potential risk factors.
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