Harvard Women's Health Watch

Important nutrients you could be missing

Nutritional deficiencies become more common as women get older. Vitamins B12 and D, iron, and calcium are among the most common deficiencies that occur with age. In some cases, women need to take supplements. Although quite rare, taking certain medicines, such as antiseizure drugs, diuretics, or antacids, can contribute to nutritional deficiencies. In some cases it may be useful for women to be checked for deficiencies, and to take a supplement if needed.
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