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Memory Issues? You Could be Deficient in Vitamin B12

By Vonnie Kennedy
 
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http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-10-2011/b12-level-affects-b...

Mayo Clinic - Alzheimer's disease - Can vitamin B-12 improve memory in Alzheimer's disease? Web. 25, October, 2011
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alzheimers/AN00478

ScienceDaily - Science News - Low Vitamin B12 Levels May Lead to Brain Shrinkage, Cognitive Problems. Web. 25, October, 2011
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110926165852.htm

WebMD - Vitamin B12 - What Do You Know About Vitamin B12 Deficiency? Web. 25, October, 2011
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/vitamin-b12-rm-quiz

Mayo Clinic - Vitamin B12 - Dosing. Web. 25, October, 2011
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vitamin-B12/NS_patient-vitaminb12/DSECT...

Reviewed Wed October 26, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Malu Banuelos

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Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hi Amyzon,
Some degree of memory problems, as well as a modest decline in other thinking skills, is a fairly common part of aging. But, when memory problems disrupt your ability to work, live independently or maintain a social life, talk to your doctor to get a timely diagnosis and appropriate care.

To my knowledge, there is no scientific evidence linking sugar substitutes to memory loss.

There are many causes of memory loss including an event in which not enough oxygen was going to the brain (heart stopped, stopped breathing, complications from receiving anesthesia). Memory loss is one of the most recognizable sign of dementia. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia.

There are 5 things which you can do to prevent further heart disease.
Don't smoke
Exercise for 30 minutes most days of the week. Consult with your physician before starting an exercise program.
Eat a heart healthy diet. Eating a special diet called the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan can help protect your heart.
Maintain a healthy weight.One way to see if your weight is healthy is to calculate your body mass index (BMI), which considers your height and weight in determining whether you have a healthy or unhealthy percentage of body fat. BMI numbers 25 and higher are associated with higher blood fats, higher blood pressure, and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked regularly per your physician's recommendations.

Maryann

October 31, 2011 - 4:20pm
amyzon

do u think memory loss could be linked to sugar substitutes at all i am 66 and really have a hard time with saying and remembering what i going to say.....or starting to say something and forgetting what the heck i was going to say................... i also had knee surgery in june and open heart surgery in 2002 triple bipass..... thank u............also i would like to know what to do to prevent further heart disease........thank u amyzon

October 27, 2011 - 8:06pm
Vonnie Kennedy

Hi Strengthtoforgive,
This is a very interesting question and I bet a lot of people would like to know the answer. I'm going to check around and see what I can find out.

Thank you for commenting.
Vonnie

October 27, 2011 - 2:41pm
strengthtoforgive

Throughout my life I have used blocking memories to deal with trauma of childhood abuses - sexual, physical, mental, and emotional abuse. I often wonder if this defence mechanism is now causing me to have memory problems. Where once it was helpful, I wonder if it is now a hindrance? Do you know if this issue has ever been researched and if so where can I find this info?

October 27, 2011 - 12:09pm
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Anonymous

This article is right on target! Making sure you eat foods to get the benefits from the vitamins is not always enough - especially with the possiblity of having MTHFR polymorphisms. That is why CerefolinNAC offers the benefits of ingredients to help slow progression of early memory loss & mild cognitive impairment. I work with this medication in addition to taking it since I have a family history. I found more information at www.cerefolinnac.com

October 27, 2011 - 10:10am
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