Doctor insights on:
Anemia Of Folate Deficiency
Can MCV be normal if peripheral smear for blood show microcytic hypochromic anemia without B12 or folate deficiency?
Folic acid deficiency can cause severe birth defects of the brain and spinal cord known as neural tube defects. In some cases, there may be no noticeable signs of folic acid deficiency, and it is diagnosed in pregnant women only after a child is born with a neural tube defect. Usually, though, your health care provider can detect the defect with blood work and ultrasound during your prenatal checkups. When women take the recommended amount of folic acid before they conceive and through the first trimester of pregnancy, 50% to 70% of neural tube defects are prevented. Yet recent research by March of Dimes shows that many women are unaware of the ...Read more
Yes: Folate is needed for maintenance and repair of myelin, the covering of larger/faster nerve fibers. Deficiency in utero results in birth defects of the neural cord, low birth weight or prematurity. Deficiency will slow growth in children. Peripheral neuropathy results in adults. Deficiency is reversible if treated early enough. Nerves suffer from folate deficiency itself more than from anemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cell maturation: B12 and folic acid are need for DNA synthesis and maturation of all cells. The cells affected are not only red cells, white cell, and platelets but almost all cells in the body, including brain and spinal cord cells. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
We don't: Megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency is treated with b12. Folate deficiency also causes meg. Anemia. Some with B12 deficiency are also deficient in b12, but if one has low B12 ; isn't deficient in folate there's no need to supplement with it. But it won't hurt to take folate;if you're among the 1/3 of people with problems converting Folic Acid to it's active form you should take l-5-mthf. ...Read more
Serum b12> 1999 mma 0.4, homocysteine high 19. No folate or iron deficiency normocytic anemia not responding to procrit. Is this an absorption issue?
Anemia: can be caused by blood loss or bone marrow suppression as well. More information is needed ( how long have you had a normal iron, folate and b12 level. What is your reticulocyte count ? ( is your bone marrow producing new RBC's) ? How low is your HCT and has it come up or gone down with B12. Is the RDW elevated ( do you put out large and small RBC's at the same time? Any blood loss ? ...Read more
I am a 56 year-old female with a history >20 yrs of chronic non-iron deficiency anemia, hgb 10.2. No menses, 2 egds/colonoscopies in last 10 years normal, fe, tibc, ferritin, folic acid, folate wnl.
Folate & depression: Severe folate deficiency may contribute to depression, which can make you feel weird. Feeling like you're dying everyday is a bit extreme for this, though. Having ongoing thoughts about dying can relate to depression -- for which there is effective treatment. L-methyl folate (if needed) may help, but won't be sufficient on its own for relief. Please see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Folic acid, AKA folate (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...Read more
Low blood count is also known as Anemia. Anemia is a condition in which the body has a decreased amount of healthy red blood cells, which normally provide oxygen to body tissues. Common causes may include certain medications, chronic diseases such as cancer, a poor ...Read more
- Talk to a doctor live online for free
- Why do victims of iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much?
- Causes of iron deficiency anemia in men
- What is the cause of iron deficiency anemia?
- Ask a doctor a question free online
- Signs of b12 deficiency anemia
- Vitamin d and iron deficiency loss of appetite and lower gi anemia
- Pathophysiology of iron deficiency anemia
- Is iron deficiency anemia a chronic cause of hypertension diabetes?
- Talk to a gynecologist online for free