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March 1, 2005

Folate, Vitamin B12 May Reduce Fracture Risk in Elderly After Stroke

Topics: Health Issues

Supplementation with folate and vitamin B12 reduces the risk of fracture in the elderly who have had a stroke, according to the results of a randomized study published in the March 2 issue of JAMA

"Stroke increases the risk of subsequent hip fracture by two to four times," write Yoshihiro Sato, MD, from Mitate Hospital in Tagawa, Japan, and colleagues. "Hyperhomocysteinemia is a risk factor for both ischemic stroke and osteoporotic fractures in elderly men and women. Treatment with folate and mecobalamin (vitamin B12) may improve hyperhomocysteinemia." 

Posted by Hyscience at March 1, 2005 9:38 PM

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