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SCURVY REDUX

VITAMIN C DEFICIENCY AND IT’S CONSEQUENCES NEED TO REAPPEAR ON THE RADAR, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

If the last time you heard of scurvy you were watching ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ you may want to think again.  A recent study of older adults found that 12% were suffering from the condition, caused by a lack of vitamin C.  Michele Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, says C is another vitamin some folks may not be getting in their diet.

BELLANTONI: What interested me about this study is that it really is not on the radar screen of nutritional deficiencies of healthy older adults but I think we need to consider this type of nutritional deficiency based on our American diets and how they’ve changed.  In particular we have a number of older adults who are currently labeled as gastroesophageal reflux.  Or the need to reduce acid in the diet to prevent gastrointestinal symptoms.  And when we think about where vitamin C is in our diet it is in general our more acidic fruits such as oranges and vegetables such as tomatoes.  :35

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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