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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Which is more common, vitamin B12 or folate deficiency? Signs of deficiency


Folate deficiency is more common because:

1. Folic acid(60-90%) is more destroyed than vitamin B12(10-30%) by heating during cooking.
2. Folic acid (200µg) daily requirement is more than vitamin B12 (2-4µg).
3. Vitamin B12 can be stored in the liver for a long period of time(3 years)



3 cardinal clinical signs of vitamin B12 deficiency:
1. Macrocytic anaemia.
2. Glossitis.
3. Peripheral neuropathy and subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord

3 cardinal clinical signs of folate deficiency:
1. Macrocytic anaemia.
2. Glossitis.
3. Peripheral neurpathy
Subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord does not occur       


Note : In the making of the above article the follwing books were used:




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