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By Susan Callahan, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist

Some statistics never stop shocking, no matter how often
you read them. Hip fractures are the leading cause of death
fro women over the age of 50 in the US, 50% of all people
who have hip fractures never walk again,
and your risk of
dying in the year after you have a hip fracture can reach
58%. Obviously, after you suffer a hip fracture, you can go
down hill fast.

Every time I read those stats, I wonder -- why don't more
people know this?

There should be Public Service Announcements with this
information on every channel in America.



We have written about the things you can do to prevent hip
fractures before. But now, there is news that ties something
you may be doing to improve your health --- taking vitamins
--- to an increased risk for hip fractures.  A study has found
that taking too much Vitamin B6, in particular, raises your
risk for these deadly fractures.



The Vitamin B6 Study

The story begins with homocysteine. Homocystine is an
amino acid that is produced as a byproduct when you eat
meat. High levels of homocysteine are associted with heart
disease and hip fractures.

In 2017, a team of scientists from the University of Oslo,
Norway, set out to discover what links, if any, exist between
the amount of B vitamins you take and your risk for hip
fractures. To do this they measured how B vitamins affect
homocysteine levels. If the B vitamins lowered homocysteine
levels, they would also lower your risk for hip fractures. If
the B vitamins raised homocysteine levels, then they would
also raise your risk for hip fractures.

The team studied Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid. For about
3 years and 11 years of follow up , participants were given a
daily capsule with either

  • folic acid (0.8 mg) plus vitamin B12 (0.4 mg) and
    vitamin B6 (40 mg);

  • folic acid (0.8 mg) plus vitamin B12 (0.4 mg);

  • vitamin B6 alone (40 mg); or

  • a placebo.

The participants then were examined to see who developed
hip fractures.


Only the Vitamin B 6 Was Associated with a 42% Increase in
Hip Fracture Risk



































Neither the Vitamin B12 nor the folic acid affected hip
fracture risks.

Only those participants who had taken extra Vitamin B6 had
an above normal rate of hip fractures. Their hip fracture risk
increased by 42%, compared with those who had not taken
B6.


Foods Rich in Vitamin B6

These foods, according to the National Health Service of the
UK, are rich in Vitamin B6:

  • pork
  • poultry such as chicken or turkey
  • fish
  • bread
  • wholegrain cereals  such as wheatgerm, oatmeal and
    brown rice
  • eggs
  • vegetables and
  • soya beans.

Clearly, you can't avoid eating some of these foods nor
would it be advisable, in the case of vegetables.

In fact, you need Vitamin B6 from foods. This vitamin is
involved as a coenzyme in over 140 reactions in human
metabolism, according to a 2016 study from The University
of British Columbia, including helping to build red blood cells,
maintaining a healthy immune system and normal blood
glucose levels .

Moreover -- and this is important to bear in mind --- no
academic study has ever found that high intake of Vitamin
B6
from food is harmful.

Only excessive amounts of Vitamin B6 from supplements has
been found to cause symptoms of toxicity.


So, How Much Is Too Much B6?

The current daily recommended value of B6 is 1.3 milligrams,
according to the
Mayo Clinic. This is almost in line with the
recommendation of the UK's National Health Service, which
recommend 1.4 milligrams fro men and 1.2 milligrams for
women.


If you are taking a B6 supplement, you should become
familiar with the symptoms of B6 toxicity. These include:


  • Loss of appetite

  • A lack of muscle control or coordination of voluntary
    movements called "ataxia"

  • Painful, unsightly, disfiguring skin lesions


  • Reduced ability to sense pain or extreme temperatures





















































































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