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Don’t Want Dementia? Get This Checked!  

Multiple researches have confirmed a high homocysteine level is a risk factor for diseases of vascular organs, including heart, kidneys, eyes, and brain. In 2002, The New England Journal of Medicine has published an article showing an association between homocystein and dementia.

 

Homocystein level responds well to nutrition therapy, but a delay in treatment can lead to permanent damages, especially on the nervous system. This is why early detection and prevention are absolutely crucial to your health.

 

One of the causes of elevated homocycteine is vitamin B12 deficiency. Below are some of the common causes according to National Institute of Health (NIH) website:

Vegetarian and vegans

Chloramphenicol, an antibiotic

Proton pump inhibitors, such as Prilosec

Histamine H2 receptor antagonists, such as Tagamet

Metformin, a diabetes drug

 

In order to absorb vitamin B12, your body needs intrinsic factor, which is produced in your stomach. 1) Heart burn, 2) high stress, 3) no desire for meat, 4) alcohol abuse, 5) zinc deficiency, and 6) over 60 are some of the risk factors for diminished intrinsic factor production.  

 

Please be sure to ask your doctor to order homocysteine blood test in your next annual exam. If you would like to know it sooner, it can be ordered through my clinic for $69. Please don’t wait too late.

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