have created a new breath test to identify the levels of
vitamin B12. This new test is less expensive than previous
testing, quicker, and simpler to diagnose. This is very good
news that could help to evade the potentially fatal symptoms
of B12 deficiency.
week ago, a study was published the
Journal of Breath Research,
states that researchers have indeed created a easy,
non-invasive, inexpensive breath test to more precisely
measure vitamin B12.
are a vitamin and supplements advocate, suffer from vitamin
deficiency, you know vitamin B12 deficiency is a mounting
public health problem where the most common tests (using
blood serum levels) are limited in accurateness, sensitivity
and specificity for vitamin B12.
B12 plays a critical part in the performance of the brain
and nervous system. It is also essential for the development
of red blood cells. Low levels can cause fatigue, clinical
depression and memory loss. Quite a few reports have also
associated B12 deficiency to anemia and Alzheimer's disease.
Additionally, vitamin B12 deficiency can often be
asymptomatic (you can carry it without symptoms) and proper
diagnosis can be daunting. The importance of developing a
quality test for diagnoses is the key to helping those who
suffer from deficiency.
Researchers, recognize that vitamin B12 plays a central role
in the breakdown sodium propionate (a common preservative
found in bakery products) into carbon dioxide. Due to this,
the researchers say that it is possible to administer
propionate to subjects, which would be broken down with the
help of vitamin B12 in the body, and then calculate the
resultant carbon dioxide.
quantity of carbon dioxide exhaled would be proportional to
the amount of vitamin B12 present in the subject's body.
This means that individuals suffering from vitamin B12
deficiency would generate smaller amounts of carbon dioxide.
That is simple enough is it not? A simple B12 breath test
and you know.
effectively distinguish this carbon dioxide from the typical
amounts that people breathe out, the scientists labeled the
administered propionate with a secure isotope of carbon,
which is exhaled in the breath as labeled carbon dioxide.
determine the accuracy of the new breath test, the obtained
vitamin B12 levels from the test were compared with a number
of blood compounds that are used to determine vitamin B12
researchers sated that the results from the new study show
that the vitamin B12 breath test is a not invasive,
responsive, precise, and reproducible diagnostic test to
detect vitamin B12 deficiency.
projected that this test could be on in use as early as 3
years depending on funding.
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