High-Dose Vitamin B Therapy May Be Dangerous For Diabetes Patients With Kidney Disease.

HealthDay (4/27, Preidt) reported, “High-dose vitamin B therapy is dangerous for diabetics with kidney disease, and patients on this regimen should stop immediately,” according to a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association. When researchers in Canada “began the study, they believed it would show that high-dose vitamin B therapy (folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12) would improve patients’ kidney function and reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke.” But they eventually discovered that “patients on high-dose vitamin B therapy had significant worsening of kidney function, and twice as many heart and stroke incidents as patients taking a placebo.”
“Although it’s unclear why B vitamins seem linked to increased health risks,” the UK’s Globe and Mail (4/27, Weeks) reported that lead study author David Spence “said it may be because they are normally excreted in urine. Patients with kidney disease may not be able to flush the vitamins out, leading to a toxic buildup.” Meanwhile, even though the “study focuses on diabetics with existing kidney damage, one expert says it contains a valuable message for all people with diabetes.” AFP (4/27) also covered the study.

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2 Responses

  1. High blood levels of vitamins to also include magnesium and calcium. Magnesium is a good vitamin for high blood pressure and that this deficiency can cause blood pressure. It can also be found in green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, purslane, poppy seeds and green beans.

  2. Hi, nice post. It is really informative and useful.
    Thanks for sharing!

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