Study Data from St. John's Research Institute Update Knowledge of Vitamin and Nutrition Research (Plasma Vitamin B-12, Methylmalonic Acid and Heart Rate Variability in Healthy Young Indian Adults)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Pain & Central Nervous System Week -- Researchers detail new data in Diet and Nutrition. According to news reporting originating from Bangalore, India, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Prevalence of vitamin B-12 deficiency in the Indian population is not known, however; it is considered to be higher than in the Western population. Vitamin B-12 deficiency is generally diagnosed by the plasma vitamin B-12 level."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from St. John's Research Institute, "Metabolites of vitamin B-12 such as homocysteine (Hcy) and methylmalonic acid (MMA) are considered to be better markers to diagnose vitamin B-12 deficiency at the tissue level. Autonomic neuropathy in vitamin B-12 deficiency appears to precede other neurological signs. One of the recent techniques to evaluate autonomic neuropathy is heart rate variability (HRV). We evaluated 14 healthy young adults to explore the association of plasma vitamin B-12, MMA, and Hcy levels with HRV. Resting lead II ECG was recorded and power spectral analyses were performed. Plasma MMA level was significantly and negatively correlated with the log-transformed low frequency (r = -0.74, p = 0.002) and total power spectra (r = -0.55, p = 0.03) of HRV in absolute units. Low frequency (LF) (r = -0.56, p = 0.03) and high frequency (HF) (r = 0.57, p = 0.03), when represented in normalized units, were also correlated significantly with plasma MMA."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "In summary, plasma MMA but not vitamin B-12 was significantly associated with HRV indices in a young adult population, suggesting that a tissue-level marker of vitamin B-12 deficiency is more closely correlated with functional changes."
For more information on this research see: Plasma Vitamin B-12, Methylmalonic Acid and Heart Rate Variability in Healthy Young Indian Adults. International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, 2013;83(3):147-153. International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research can be contacted at: Verlag Hans Huber, Langgass-Strasse 76, Ch-3000 Bern 9, Switzerland (see also Diet and Nutrition).
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S. Sucharita, St Johns Natl Academy Hlth Sci, St Johns Res Inst, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Additional authors for this research include S. Sowmya, T. Thomas, A.V. Kurpad and M. Vaz.
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, India, Bangalore, Diet and Nutrition
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