ANKARA, TURKEY. It is estimated that more than 50 per cent of
adults in developed countries are infected with the
Helicobacter pylori bacterium. H pylori has been
implicated in stomach ulcers, indigestion (dyspepsia), gastritis
(inflammation of the stomach lining), stomach cancer, and MALT
lymphoma. About 10-15 per cent of adults over 60 years of age are
affected by a vitamin-B12 (cobalamin) deficiency. Researchers at
the Turkish Military Medical Academy now provide convincing
evidence that the two are linked. A detailed study of 138
patients with vitamin B12 deficiency and anemia discovered that 77
(58 per cent) of the patients had a H pylori infection.
Eradication of this infection successfully cured the anemia and
reversed the vitamin B12 deficiency in 31 (40 per cent) of the 77
infected patients. The researchers conclude that a H
pylori infection can cause a vitamin B12 deficiency and
that this deficiency, in many cases, can be totally eliminated by
eradicating the infection. Editor's Note: Memory loss,
fatigue, and mental confusion are often the first indicators of a
vitamin B12 deficiency.
Copyright 2001 by Hans R. Larsen
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