Vitamin B12 is an imperative for those eating vegetarian and vegan diets, especially during pregnancy and infancy.
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Surely this kind of tragic neglect couldn’t happen here in the United States. Journal of Pediatrics last year, based on a CDC survey across a dozen states, vegan mother-induced B12 deficiency occurs in about 1 in every half million live births in the United States. About 4 million babies are born annually, so American vegans put the health of 8 infants at risk every year.
A follow-up study this year, published in the Journal of the AMA, testing 364,000 babies, suggests the annual number of infants placed at risk by vegan moms in the United States may instead be as high as 20.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.
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Check out my blog post Vegan B12 Deficiency: Putting It into Perspective to put these terrible tragedies into context.