Physical changes, medications, hospitalisations, and social factors can put older adults at risk of malnutrition which makes other health...
Reduced plasma homocysteine levels in elderly Australians following mandatory folic acid fortification – A comparison of two cross-sectional cohorts
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Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism, ISSN: 2352-3859, Vol: 8, Page: 14-20
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- Medicine; Agricultural and Biological Sciences; Nursing
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In 2009, Australia implemented mandatory folic acid fortification in wheat flour for bread-making. The primary aim was to improve folate status in reproductive-aged women to reduce neural tube defect incidence. However, folic acid consumption has consequently increased in all demographics. Blood folate is inversely associated with homocysteine levels, a risk factor for multiple diseases. Therefore, we assessed the impact of mandatory folic acid fortification on homocysteine levels in elderly Australians.