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Low-income adults lacking in vitamin C

GPs need to be aware that poor vitamin C status is relatively common among adults in the UK living on a low income, a study suggests.

A total of 433 men and 876 women aged over 19 had a plasma vitamin C measurement as part of the Low Income Diet and Nutrition Survey.

Around 25% of men and 16% of women in these deprived groups had deficient vitamin C concentrations less than 11 µmol /l and a further fifth of adults had depleted levels of (11–28 µmol/l).

J Pub Health 2008, 23 September early online publication

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