J Formos Med Assoc 2021 Apr 24. Epub 2021 Apr 24.
Department of Dentistry, Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, Hualien, Taiwan; Department of Dentistry, National Taiwan University Hospital, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan; School of Dentistry and Graduate Institute of Clinical Dentistry, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. Electronic address:
Background/purpose: Lacto-vegetarians (LVs) tend to have vitamin B12 deficiency (B12D). This study assessed whether 140 female LVs, including 16 B12D/LVs and 124 non-B12D/LVs, had significantly higher frequencies of microcytosis, macrocytosis, and of blood hemoglobin (Hb), red blood cell (RBC), and serum vitamin B12 deficiencies than 140 healthy control subjects (HCSs).
Methods: The complete blood count and serum vitamin B12 level in 140 female LVs and 140 female HCSs were measured and compared. Read More