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Ac­cord­ing to a Span­ish study pub­lished in Age and Age­ing, a low in­take of vi­ta­mins is as­so­ci­ated with frailty in older adults. Sci­en­tists from the Univer­si­dad de La Fron­tera in Chile and the Univer­si­dad Aut— noma de Madrid- IdiPaz in Madrid fol­lowed 1,643 peo­ple from Spain, aged 65 and older, for four years.

Par­tic­i­pants’ lev­els of 10 vi­ta­mins— vi­ta­min A, thi­amine, ri­boflavin, niacin, vi­ta­mins B , B , C, D, E, and fo­late— were as­sessed at the be­gin­ning of the study, and re­searchers found that lower in­take of vi­ta­mins B , C, E, and fo­late was as­so­ci­ated with a higher risk of frailty over the course of the study. Frailty was de­fined as meet­ing at least three of the fol­low­ing five cri­te­ria: un­in­ten­tional weight loss, ex­haus­tion, weak­ness, slow walk­ing speed, and low phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

The re­searchers also noted that fail­ure to meet the RDAs for all vi­ta­mins was strongly as­so­ci­ated with frailty.

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