Vitamin B12 deficiency a concern in LTC

Research conducted by Heather Keller (Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging and A-HA Research Scientist) and Kaylen Pfisterer (RIA Research Associate) explored the levels of vitamin B12 in long-term care residents. Low levels of the vitamin have been linked to a number of health conditions, including anemia, neurological issues, depression and dementia. The study found that 14% of study participants were deficient, and 38% had less then optimal levels. The researchers say screening for deficiency with a simple blood test may be the answer.

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