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Associations between serum homocysteine, holotranscobalamin, folate and cognition in the elderly: a longitudinal study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI).
Centrum för forskning om äldre och åldrande (ARC), (tills m KI), Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI).
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2012 (English)In: Journal of Internal Medicine, ISSN 0954-6820, E-ISSN 1365-2796, Vol. 271, no 2, 204-212 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives:  To examine the associations of serum homocysteine (tHcy), Holotranscobalamin (holoTC), the biologically active fraction of vitamin B12, and folate with cognitive functioning in a longitudinal population-based study of Finnish elderly. Subjects and design:  tHcy, holoTC, and folate were measured at baseline in 274 dementia-free subjects aged 65-79 years derived from the Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia (CAIDE) study. Subjects were re-investigated 7 years later and global cognition, episodic memory, executive functioning, verbal expression, and psychomotor speed were assessed. Results:  Higher baseline tHcy values were associated with poorer performance on global cognition: relative difference (95% confidence interval) was: 0.90 (0.81 - 0.99); episodic memory: 0.87 (0.77 - 0.99); executive functions: 0.86 (0.75 - 0.98), and verbal expression: 0.89 (0.81 - 0.97) at follow-up. Increased holoTC levels were related to better performance on global cognition: 1.09 (1.00 - 1.19), executive functions: 1.11 (1.01 - 1.21), and psychomotor speed: 1.13 (1.01 - 1.26). After excluding 20 incident dementia cases, increased tHcy remained associated with poorer performance in episodic memory, execution functions, and verbal expression. Higher holoTC values tended to relate to better performance in executive functions and psychomotor speed while elevated serum folate concentrations were significantly related to higher scores in global cognition and verbal expression tests. Conclusions:  tHcy, holoTC, and folate measured 7 years earlier are related to cognitive performance even in non-demented elderly. Randomized trials are needed to determine the impact of vitamin B12 and folate supplementations on preventing cognitive decline in the elderly.

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2012. Vol. 271, no 2, 204-212 p.
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Social Work Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-66703DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2796.2011.02484.xISI: 000299157900013PubMedID: 22077644OAI: diva2:468224
Available from: 2011-12-20 Created: 2011-12-20 Last updated: 2013-01-04Bibliographically approved

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