Vitamin B12 concentration and its association with sociodemographic factors in Colombian children: Findings from the 2010 National Nutrition Survey Academic Article


  • Objective: Rapid changes in dietary patterns, economic development, and urbanization in low- to middle-income countries are fueling complex malnutrition states that need better characterization using population-level data. The aim of this study was to describe the key findings related to vitamin B12 status to identify the prevalence and associated sociodemographic factors in a representative sample of children in Colombia, based on the 2010 National Nutrition Survey. Methods: We analyzed cross-sectional data from 6910 Colombian children between the ages of 5 and 12. Serum vitamin B12 concentrations were determined by chemiluminescence. Sociodemographic data was assessed by computer-assisted personal interview technology. Results: Of the children assessed, 2.8% had vitamin B12 deficiency, defined as levels

publication date

  • 2016/2/1


  • 32


  • Colombia
  • Economic Development
  • Interviews
  • Luminescence
  • Malnutrition
  • Microcomputers
  • Nutrition Surveys
  • Population
  • Serum
  • Technology
  • Urbanization
  • Vitamin B 12
  • Vitamin B 12 Deficiency

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0899-9007

number of pages

  • 5

start page

  • 255

end page

  • 259