How does vitamin B12 deficiency cause bone fractures?

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How vitamin B12 deficiency increases the risk of bone fractures is not completely understood, but research is revealing some clues. Men and women who have low levels of vitamin B12 in their blood tend to have lower bone mineral density, according to research from Tufts University. In studies from the Netherlands, researchers found that people with low vitamin B12 levels were more likely to experience bone fractures than people with normal vitamin B12 levels.

Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause dizziness, weakness and trouble walking, symptoms that may also increase the risk of falls and fractures. For more information about vitamin B12 and ways to keep your bones healthy, consult your doctor.

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