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Old 11-11-2009, 03:10 PM   #1
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Question vitamin B12 and alzheimers symptoms

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I just read an article in a health news letter that says that low B12 can have the same symptoms as Alz. That high doses of B12 can head off dementia in early stages. Has anyone had there loved one tested for B12 deficency? If anyone has information on this, I would be very interested in what you could tell me. I am thinking of asking mom's primary care doctor to test for B12 deficency. I know that if you don't eat meat you could be low in B12 and mom had gotten to the point when still at home she didn't care for meat that much. I await your reply.
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Re: vitamin B12 and alzheimers symptoms

My Mom has been having monthly B-12 shots for the past few years. I don't know if it has slowed her AD, but she has gotten progressively worse. She was just diagnosed. I was hoping she had a thyroid or B-12 problem, but she did not. Those tests were fine.

 
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:06 PM   #3
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Re: vitamin B12 and alzheimers symptoms

Dear Gail,

I hope it is a vitamn deficiency - that could be reversed! Dementia cannot. I hope the doctors find a curable problem, that would be wnderful. My Mom ate plenty of meat, and also daily supplements. I doubt if any vitamin deficiency had an effect on her getting Dementia.

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Re: vitamin B12 and alzheimers symptoms

My FIL was just prescribed B12 shots, hopefully it will help. I'll let you all know if there is marked improvement.

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Re: vitamin B12 and alzheimers symptoms

My mother has Alzs. and gets monthly B12 shots...at one point there was an anccidental 4 month lapse of the shots and we could really tell the difference! I stay on them now to make sure that doesn't happen again.

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Re: vitamin B12 and alzheimers symptoms

Mom has no B-12 deficiency nor does Dad and they both have dementia. Yes, as Martha said, B-12 deficiency can be fixed but dementia can not.

If B-12 would fix dementia I am sure there would be a shortage!!

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Re: vitamin B12 and alzheimers symptoms

Mom had B-12 deficiency and she had dementia. I took her for shots for years. The dementia came later in her life. So from my experience it did not stop the dementia. I could tell the difference in her energy if a shot was over looked for some reason. Usually a hospital stay and a long recovery from a surgery and then her Dr. would catch the delay.

There was so much to remember with Mom's health issues.

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The news letter implied that some people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimers may not have it but a severe shortage of vitamin B12. It's that both Alz. and severe lack of B12 can show the same symptoms. Many people have Alzheimers and Vascular dementia from various causes but it is possible that some people just had a blanket diagnosis thrown over them and never had their B12 checked. The newsletter said that large doses of B12 would be needed to head off dementia or if it was advanced it could still improve conditions related to dementia. Thanks for the information and I will report on what the doctor says when I see him next week.
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Re: vitamin B12 and alzheimers symptoms

Chris... remember your mom's smiling face! I still marvel at how diligent you were with all your mom's medical problem and hope I can do as well. That is what I remember.... I loving, caring, diligent daughter who made sure that Mom's needs were addressed promptly.

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Re: vitamin B12 and alzheimers symptoms

My mom had her levels tested when her behavior started to change, and the results came out normal.

 
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Re: vitamin B12 and alzheimers symptoms

Dear Deb,

Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, I remember her smiling face and how very sweet she was during her dementia years. Also, thanks to my grief counselor, I remember how much she tried to stay here with her daughters and how exhausted I was in the end. Grief is terrible and its hard work. I've finally been able to let go of my guilt for not being able to "fix" Moms dementia. It was her time. She is with her Lord and her family and I will see her again. Her suffering is over.

I miss her more than I can express in words but I can now think of my sweet Mom with a smile instead of tears and be grateful that I had her as long as we did. She was a "one of a kind" person to everyone she knew.

Its been almost 5 months since Mom died and thank God I can type that without one tear falling.

Today my sisters and I are celebrating their birthdays. We're headed to St. Louis for a great lunch and of course shopping!!! Hope my knee holds out. LOL

Love to all,
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Re: vitamin B12 and alzheimers symptoms

I am a so happy for you Chris, that you are adjusting to your loss and getting on with your life. Keep up the good work.

My Mom passed away in 12/07 and when her birthday came in October I had fleeting thoughts of ''too bad she is no longer with us." Then I remembered what her life was like at the end, and was glad she is not here and confused and unhappy and worried and incapable but in a better place, free and happy.

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Chris, hope you all have a nice time and celebrate not only birthdays but life itself.

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Re: vitamin B12 and alzheimers symptoms

You brought a smile to my face Chris Yes, grief is hard work and you have to go through it in your own time and in your own way. I hope you have a fabulous lunch and find much to buy! Smile and celebrate life. Yours, your Mom's , and your sister's!!!

It is so good to hear that you are doing well. Know I keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Love, deb

 
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