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Articles April 2014 Issue

New Reasons to Make Sure You’re Getting Enough B12

Study links long-term acid-suppression drug use to risk of deficiency.

Already a concern for older adults who lack adequate stomach acid to extract natural vitamin B12 from food, B12 deficiency may be more widespread than previously thought. The largest study to date of the effects of popular heartburn and ulcer medications on the risk of vitamin B12 deficiency reports a potentially serious problem. The study found patients who took the most popular acid-suppressing drugs, called proton-pump inhibitors or PPIs, for more than two years were 65% more likely to be deficient in vitamin B12.

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