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Researchers Find Anti-Acids Linked to Vitamin B12 Deficiency

People who use acid-suppressing drugs may be at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency, often associated with neurological problems or dementiaThe New York Times’ Well blog reports. The finding is based on a study in JAMA that compared patients with vitamin B12 deficiency and those without the deficiency for the use of these acid-suppressing drugs known as proton-pump inhibitors (P.P.I.). Researchers found that “twelve percent of patients deficient in vitamin B12 had used P.P.I.’s for two years or more, compared with 7.2 percent of control patients.” While “the authors of the new research do not recommended stopping P.P.I.’s in people with clear indications for treatment,” they warn of the possibility of over-treatment.

Read it in The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study in JAMA.