A new study by Oxford University shows that high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid dramatically slow the rate of cognitive decline in persons with mild cognitive impairment. The improvement was 53% less brain shrinkage, with caught investigators by surprise. The doses were 0.8 mg/day of folic acid, 0.5 mg/day for B12, and 20 mg/day of B6. The dose of B12 was 300 times greater than the daily recommended value, due to the fact that the enzyme responsible for assimilating B12 declines after age 50.

This may not seem like news to most, but a study from Finland shows that home-based exercises prevent false and hip fractures in elderly women with osteopenia (a precursor to osteoporosis). Intuitively I knew this, but there really wasn’t much scientific data until now.

If you have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome (MTS), take heed; you have 2x the risk for cardiovascular disease and 1.5 x the risk for all-cause mortality compared to those without. MTS is defined as having three or more of the following conditions: central obesity (waist circumference, men > 102 cm, women > 88 cm), triglycerides > 150 mg/dl, low HDL (men < 40mg/dl, women < 50 mg/dl), hypertension > 135/85, and elevated fasting blood glucose of >110 mg/dl. Diet and exercise work extremely well for MTS.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.