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Vol. 26, No. 4, 1982
Issue release date: 1982
Ann Nutr Metab 1982;26:209–216
(DOI:10.1159/000176565)

Serum Vitamin B12 and Blood Cell Values in Vegetarians

Dong A. · Scott S.C.
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc., USA; Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill., USA

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Abstract

Serum vitamin B12 and complete blood count values were determined for 83 volunteer subjects from an American vegetarian society conference (USA). Among subjects who did not supplement their diets with vitamin B12 or multiple vitamin tablets, 92% of the vegans (total vegetarians), 64% of the lactovegetarians, 47% of the lacto-ovovegetarians and 20% of the semivegetarians had serum vitamin B12 levels < 200pg/ml (normal = 200–900 pg/ml). However, their complete blood count values did not deviate greatly from those found for nonvegetarians, even though some had been vegans or lactovegetarians for over 10 years. Macrocytosis among the vegetarians was minimal; none had mean corpuscular volume > 103 fl.



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A. Dong, PhD, 8950 Campbell Road, Elk Grove, CA 95624 (USA)


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Received: May 11, 1981
Accepted: October 26, 1981
Published online: November 18, 2008
Number of Print Pages : 8


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Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism (Journal of Nutrition, Metabolic Diseases and Dietetics)

Vol. 26, No. 4, Year 1982 (Cover Date: 1982)

Journal Editor: Elmadfa I. (Vienna)
ISSN: 0250–6807 (Print), eISSN: 1421–9697 (Online)

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