Health & Fitness


Health & Fitness
Health & Fitness

'Vegetarians at risk of brain disorders'

Salmanayesha IF-Sizzlerz

Joined: 11 March 2006
Posts: 9059

Posted: 28 October 2010 at 11:12am | IP Logged
'Vegetarians at risk of brain disorders'
New Delhi, Oct 27 (2010) (IANS) Vegetarians are at an early risk of mental disorder such as dementia and alzheimer's as they develop a Vitamin B-12 deficiency, doctors said here Wednesday.

Fish, shellfish, meat, eggs, milk and their by-products are some of the biggest sources of Vitamin B-12.

'Deficiency of Vitamin B-12 can reduce working capacity of the brain and result in progressive memory loss that has an impact on day to day activities,' Praveen Gupta, consultant neurologist at Artemis Health Institute in Gurgaon, told IANS.

'Since majority of the Indian population is vegetarian and milk consumption has reduced considerably, they are more prone to early onset of dementia. Those who suffer from lactose intolerance are also at risk,' Gupta explained.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), India had nearly 3.5 million alzheimer's and dementia patients in the year 2000.

'We see at least 30 patients under the age of 40 every month -- suffering from memory loss and other manifestations due to deficiency of vitamin B-12. Once diagnosed, these patients respond very well to vitamin B-12 supplements,' Gupta added.

Forgetting day to day activities, names of familiar people, frequent irritability, panic episodes and depression are some of the common symptoms of the mental disorder.

The disease can be diagnosed with a simple blood test, say doctors.

WHO estimates that there are currently about 18 million people worldwide suffering from Alzheimer's. The figure is projected to nearly double by 2025.


  • Page 1 of 1

Go to top

Related Topics

  Topics Author Replies Views Last Post
14 Simple Ways to Super Charge Your Brain

Author: rahulgoyal908   Replies: 8   Views: 3049

rahulgoyal908 8 3049 30 March 2010 at 2:30am by a0garg
Broccoli cuts diabetic risk of heart disease

Author: Born-star   Replies: 3   Views: 911

Born-star 3 911 25 September 2008 at 3:02pm by Mitali90
Fasting cuts risk of heart attack: Study

Author: tanveer.indian   Replies: 3   Views: 601

tanveer.indian 3 601 10 November 2007 at 12:00am by 2smart4u
Can Test spot Alzheimer’s risk ?????

Author: WillSmith456   Replies: 0   Views: 634

WillSmith456 0 634 15 October 2007 at 3:09am by WillSmith456
New Risk Calculator for Women

Author: -Khushiyana-   Replies: 0   Views: 833

-Khushiyana- 0 833 17 May 2007 at 12:46pm by -Khushiyana-

Forum Quick Jump

Forum Category / Channels

  • Please login to check your Last 10 Topics posted

Disclaimer: All Logos and Pictures of various Channels, Shows, Artistes, Media Houses, Companies, Brands etc. belong to their respective owners, and are used to merely visually identify the Channels, Shows, Companies, Brands, etc. to the viewer. Incase of any issue please contact the webmaster.

Popular Channels :
Star Plus | Zee TV | Sony TV | Colors TV | SAB TV | Life OK

Quick Links :
Top 100 TV Celebrities | Top 100 Bollywood Celebs | About Us | Contact Us | Advertise | Forum Index