We Are Falling Down More --- And
This Vitamin May Be to Blame

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March 8, 2017


By Susan Callahan, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist





Ready to go with a group of my best buddies for a once-in-a-
life time trip to Greece, I heard the phone ringing and
something made me hold my breath.  You know that feeling
you get when you know bad news is coming or that things
have been too smooth for too long and you're overdo for a
let down?  I picked up the phone to hear my friend Gail tell
me that Marianne, the leader of our little pack, had just fallen
down and broken her hip.


Of all the times!  But, as I surveyed my memory, that little
accident of falling had become more or less common among
my peers.  Everyone knew someone who had fallen in the
past year or two.
 

Falling down is something that becomes a part of your life
story as you age in America.  Statistics show that we are
falling down more than ever.  Falls are the Number One
cause of fatal injuries in older Americans and the Number
One cause of non-fatal injuries as well, according to the Us
Centers for Disease Control.

Falls are responsible for 2.8 million emergency room visits
each year.

Falls are responsible for limiting the socializing of many
people, simply because they fear that they will fall if they go
outside.  This "fear of falling" is especially felt by people who
live in colder climates of the Northeast and Midwest.  They
fear falling in the snow or on slick ice on sidewalks and
streets.  Those who can escape the winters fly to Arizona or
Florida as winter "snowbirds" but, for most of us, these
regular escapes are just not financially practical.

Why We Are Falling and What a Vitamin May Have to Do
With It




































The reasons for the increase in falling are numerous. We
Americans, like many people in developed societies, lead
more sedentary lives than generations past. We stay put,
glued to the TV or the smart phone screens for much too
much of the day.  As a result, we lose muscle tone in our legs
and core which is needed to help us retain our sense of
balance.


We also simply don't practice
balance exercises that can help
to regain our sense of balance
.


But one cause of loss of balance has been overlooked so far
--- low levels of Vitamin B12.  

Vitamin B12, also called cyanocobalamin, is needed to
produce your red blood cells and to produce a coating
around each of your nerve cells called myelin. A severe
deficiency of Vitamin B12 will produce anemia and make
damage your nervous system.


Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause loss of balance, dizziness
and lack of orientation.

And we Americans, it turns out, are teetering on the brink of
Vitamin B12 deficiency, a study suggests.  A report in 2000
led by Dr. Katherine Turner of the Tufts University School of
Medicine and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition
Research Center discovered that as many as 40% of
Americans have low levels of Vitamin B12.  The study looked
at 3,000 residents of Framingham, Massachusetts for the
data.

The scientists found that the men and women of
Framingham had Vitamin B12 levels of only 258 picomoles
per liter, a level that is near the low end of normal.

Another 16% of participants had Vitamin B12 levels of only
185 picomoles, which woould give them a clearly deficient
Vitamin B12 status.


Dr. Turner believes that "there is a lot of undetected Vitamin
B12 deficiency out there".




Since Vitamin B12 can causes disturbances in walking and
loss of balance, it is clearly a possible culprit in the alarming
numbers of Americans falling down, especially as they age.



Why would Americans become more susceptible to Vitamin
B12 deficiency as they age?  The reason is that, as we age,
our stomachs change. We lose some of our ability to absorb
Vitamin B12. This change occurs around age 50, along with
other significant physical changes.

As a result, around age 50, you may start to experience a
deterioration in your sense of balance. Your hair  may start
to turn gray -- for reasons that include Vitamin deficiency
and genetics -- and you may begin to feel more often a kind
of soft disorientation.  All these changes can be tied to
declining physical ability to absorb Vitamin B12.


Foods That Can Help to Restore Healthy Vitamin B12 Levels


Most people know that fortified cereals contain Vitamin B12.

But did you know that seafood can also contain significant
levels of Vitamin B12.


In particular, mussels are rich in Vitamin B12. Mussels, a
staple of the French diet, contains between 170 and 340
micrograms of Vitamin B12 per 3 ounce serving, which is
170% to 340% of the recommended daily amount.

Bear in mind that health authorities differ as to what is the
"minimum" amount of Vitamin B12 you need each day.  
Eating a serving of mussels twice a week will likely put you
safely over the minimum levels.


Clams are another seafood rich in Vitamin B12. A 20 clam
serving contains 187.8 micrograms of Vitamin B12.



Finally, oysters contain 13.8 micrograms of Vitamin B12 per
serving of 6 medium oysters.





















































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