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Intakes, adequacy, and biomarker status of iron, folate, and vitamin B12 in Māori and non-Māori octogenarians: Life and living in advanced age: A cohort study in New Zealand (LiLACS NZ)

NZ Research Abstract

posted by WM Admin on 21 August 2018


Danika PIllay
Carol A. Wham
Simon A. Moyes
Marama Muru-Lanning
Ruth O. Y. Teh
Ngaire M. Kerse

Year of Publication



Nutrients, 10(8), 1090

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Journal article (peer reviewed)

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The authors investigated the intake and adequacy of iron, folate, and vitamin B12 and their relationship with respective biomarker status in 216 Māori and 362 non-Māori The Estimated Average Requirement (EAR) was met by most participants for dietary iron and vitamin B12 but less than half for folate. Increased dietary folate intake was associated with increased red blood cell (RBC) folate for Māori, non-Māori and serum folate for Māori. Folate intake >215 µg/day was associated with reduced risk of deficiency in RBC folate for Māori. The authors discuss the need for strategies to optimise intake and bioavailability of foods rich in folate.

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Te Puāwaitanga O Ngā Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu / Life and living in advanced age: A Cohort Study in New Zealand (LILACS NZ)