Age-related changes in cobalamin (vitamin B12) handling. Implications for therapy.

@article{NilssonEhle1998AgerelatedCI,
  title={Age-related changes in cobalamin (vitamin B12) handling. Implications for therapy.},
  author={Herman Nilsson-Ehle},
  journal={Drugs & aging},
  year={1998},
  volume={12 4},
  pages={277-92}
}
Cobalamin (vitamin B12) deficiency is more common in the elderly than in younger patients. This is because of the increased prevalence of cobalamin malabsorption in this age group, which is mainly caused by (autoimmune) atrophic body gastritis. Cobalamin supplementation is affordable and nontoxic, and it may prevent irreversible neurological damage if started early. Elderly individuals with cobalamin deficiency may present with neuropsychiatric or metabolic deficiencies, without frank… CONTINUE READING