This webinar was presented live on September 11, 2019.
While it was once thought that vitamin B12 deficiency was extremely rare and found only among some vegans, new research shows that B12 deficiency is a worldwide problem. It is now known that a wide range of the public can develop B12 deficiency, including patients with diabetes, atrophic gastritis, the MTHFR C677T genetic mutation, irritable bowel disease, AIDS, hypothyroidism, patients undergoing chemotherapy and surgery with general anesthesia, as well as vegetarians and the elderly.
Hundreds of publications describing new insights regarding the role of B12 status in disease development are published every year. Unless one specializes in the narrow field of B12 research, a clinician may not be able to keep up with all these new findings. Unfortunately, this can lead to holding onto outdated assumptions, and not properly assessing B12 status.
- CPEU: 1.0
- Learning Need Codes: 2090, 3060, 5230
- 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.
- 10.2.1 Identifies and selects valid and reliable tools to conduct a comprehensive nutrition assessment.
- 8.1.3 Integrates knowledge of macronutrients and micronutrients for absorption, digestion and metabolism throughout the life span in practice.
- Classify what constitutes adequate intake among individuals in different ages and life stages.
- Interpret vitamin B12 laboratory findings and differentiate between reliable and unreliable vitamin B12 assessment methods.
- Recommend appropriate vitamin B12 deficiency treatment in terms of the dose, frequency of application and forms of vitamin B12 that should be used in treatment.
Roman Pawlak, Ph.D, RDN
Dr. Pawlak is an Associate Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition Science at East Carolina University. His research interests include vitamin B12 and vegetarianism. Over his 16 years of academic career, he has published about 40 research publications in journals such as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, European Journal of Nutrition, Nutrition Reviews and American Journal of Preventive Medicine. He has published eight books, including Vitamin B12, Combating the epidemic of deficiency, Vegan Mother and Her Baby, and Forever young. Secrets of Delaying Aging and Living Disease Free, in five languages.
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