The critical links; B Vitamins, Hypothyroidism, and Dementia

We all have complaints.  As we age, things just don’t look the same, feel the same, or work the same.  But the biggest fear of something gone wrong these days is the loss of our brain power.  I eat too much, and I’m a bit overweight, but good God, I KNOW I AM OVERWEIGHT!  I look at aging relatives and friends, and the thought of losing the brain (since I’m an engineer) is very scary.

The latest news from Life Extension Foundation “B vitamin supplements slow brain atrophy in cognitively impaired patients” is nothing short of a miracle, or the hope of one.  “The results of a double-blinded clinical trial reported online on September 8, 2010 in the journal PLoSONE revealed that men and women with mild cognitive impairment who were supplemented with vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folic acid experienced a reduction in the rate of brain atrophy compared with those who received a placebo.  (REF:  http://www.lef.org/newsletter/2010/0914_B-Vitamin-Supplements-Slow-Brain-atrophy-Cognitively-Impaired-Patients.htm?source=search&key=b%20vitamins%20and%20alzheimers)

Add this key piece of information to the fact that Americans are suffering from hypothyroidism at an increased rate.  When you have hypothyroidism, your body does not absorb vitamin B12.  Many people are never diagnosed, and have the sub-optimal levels of hormones and suffer in silence.  There are many articles written about the causes of hypothyroidism and they include iodine deficiency as well as fluoridated public water.  (One thing I stopped drinking a few years ago was non-filtered water!)

Look at the symptoms of hypothyroidism….and you’ll agree its the shopping list of “getting old”: (REF:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothyroidism)

Early

Late

Uncommon

If you see yourself in the above list, go to your physician and get your hormone levels checked.  The aging process is certainly accelerated by a lack of good nutrition, and if you are not able to absorb your B vitamins, you need to know.

Stay tuned for an article on just how many B’s you need buzzing around!

To your health!

Dianna Sabo

About Dianna Sabo

Dianna Sabo is an automotive and aerospace engineering/program manager who studies health science, nutrition, and organic living in her spare time. She enjoys learning natural paths to health and vitality. She lives in the greater Detroit area and enjoys photography, travel, music, and can often be seen at the local arboretums or out shooting photos around the world.
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