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Nutrition and Functional Foods for Healthy Aging by Ronald Ross Watson

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Chapter 14

Vitamins and Minerals in Older Adults

Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Deficiency

Jennifer Doley,    Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital, Tucson, AZ, United States

Abstract

Many individuals, especially older adults, are at risk of micronutrient deficiencies due to poor-quality diets and medical conditions and their treatments that affect nutrient absorption or utilization. Micronutrient deficiencies can result in significant signs and symptoms that further complicate medical conditions and reduce the intake of nutrient-dense foods. It is critical that the health-care practitioner recognize the risk factors for deficiency, screen for deficiencies in high-risk populations, and properly diagnose and treat micronutrient deficiencies. This ...

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