Vitamin B12 concentration and its association with sociodemographic factors in Colombian children: Findings from the 2010 National Nutrition Survey

Robinson Ram??rez-V??lez, Jorge Enrique Correa-Bautista, Javier Martoínez-Torres, Jos?? Francisco Meneses-Ech??vez, Felipe Lobelo

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Abstract

Objective: Rapid changes in dietary patterns, economic development, and urbanization in low- to middle-income countries are fueling complex malnutrition states that need better characterization using population-level data. The aim of this study was to describe the key findings related to vitamin B12 status to identify the prevalence and associated sociodemographic factors in a representative sample of children in Colombia, based on the 2010 National Nutrition Survey. Methods: We analyzed cross-sectional data from 6910 Colombian children between the ages of 5 and 12. Serum vitamin B12 concentrations were determined by chemiluminescence. Sociodemographic data was assessed by computer-assisted personal interview technology. Results: Of the children assessed, 2.8% had vitamin B12 deficiency, defined as levels
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-259
Number of pages5
JournalNutrition
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

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