B-12 deficiency linked to bone loss in older women

The results of a study published in The Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism indicate that older women with low levels of vitamin B-12 are more prone to experience rapid bone loss when compared to those with normal amounts.

Vitamin B-12 can be found in animal products such as meat and milk, as well as dietary supplements, such as Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual B-12 Advantage from Dr. Newton’s Naturals.

These vitamins are needed for the body to produce red blood cells and keep the nervous system healthy, and few studies have been conducted that examine its role in skeletal health.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, examined more than 80 women over the age of 64, examining their relative bone health and B-12 intake three times over the course of six years. Results showed that those women with lower levels of the vitamin experienced significantly faster hip bone loss than others.

“Our research shows that the women with the lowest levels of vitamin B-12 are at an increased risk for bone loss in their hips, which could lead to fractures,” says lead researcher Katie Stone. “We knew that vitamin B-12 benefited the nervous system, but our findings suggest that it may also benefit bone health.”

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