2015 Folate, Vitamin B12 and Inhibitors

Answer to example question 1

A vitamin B12 deficiency cannot be treated with oral supplements, since it typically results from an intrinsic factor deficiency (not inadequate diet). Megaloblastic anemia can be completely reversed by treating the underlying deficiency. It is the neurological damage caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency that cannot be completely reversed. The correct answer is B: alcoholics can have a folic deficiency due to decreased absorption as well as inadequate diet.

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