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    Default Long-Term Use Of Heartburn And Ulcer Medications Linked To Vitamin B12 Deficiency

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    December 10 2013

    Dec. 10, 2013 — Long-term use of commonly prescribed heartburn and ulcer medications is linked to a higher risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    Left untreated, vitamin B12 deficiency can increase the risk of dementia, nerve damage, anemia, and other medical complications, some of which may be irreversible. Stomach acid aids in vitamin B12 absorption; suppressing the acids can lead to the health-threatening vitamin deficiency. Researchers examined the electronic health records (including diagnoses, pharmacy orders, and laboratory results) of 25,956 adult Kaiser Permanente patients diagnosed with vitamin B12 deficiency in Northern California between January 1997 and June 2011, and compared them with 184,199 patients without B12 deficiency during the same time period.


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    Default Re: Long-Term Use Of Heartburn And Ulcer Medications Linked To Vitamin B12 Deficiency

    I do sublingual 5 mg B12 when I think of it (maybe once a month) because I once got a great deal from LEF. (No, I don't take any drugs. This is just a precautionary measure)!
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    Default Re: Long-Term Use Of Heartburn And Ulcer Medications Linked To Vitamin B12 Deficiency

    I take B12 regularly as I am intolerant of meat which is the main source of dietary B12.
    My obligatory vegetarian diet puts me at high risk of B12 deficiency if I don't supplement.

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