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Goal and Objectives

The goal of this continuing education activity is to increase the number of primary care providers (physicians and midlevel providers) who prevent, detect, and treat vitamin B12 deficiencies among their high-risk patients.

OBJECTIVES:

After completing this continuing education material, the participant should be able to

  • Describe the prevalence of vitamin B12 deficiency among adults in the United States 51 years of age or older.
  • List three neurologic effects of a vitamin B12 deficiency.
  • List three hematologic effects of a vitamin B12 deficiency.
  • Identify the most common presentation of a vitamin B12 deficiency.
  • Discuss the changes in absorption of vitamin B12 that occur with age.
  • List at least two pharmacologic options for treatment of a vitamin B12 deficiency.

 

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