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Folic Acid (Definition)

Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (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


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Does normal CBC mean I don't have anemia or shall I still test for ferritin and folate (folic acid)?

Does normal CBC mean I don't have anemia or shall I still test for ferritin and folate (folic acid)?

No anemia: A complete blood count means a measurement of White blood cells, the amount of hemoglobin, and the precent of blood that is red (HGB, HCT) and the number of platelets. There may be additional sub-typing of WBC.
Anemia means low HGB or Low HCT. Ferritin is a storage form for iron and folate (folic acid) is a B vitamin used in making Red blood. Normal HCT then no need to check. ...Read more

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Rbc lo. Hgb, hct ok. Mch & MCV hi. Ferritin ok. B12 & folic acid hi. D lo. Thyroid ok. Rf hi. Repeatable. Tired, weak and unfocused. Cause?

Rbc lo. Hgb, hct ok. Mch & MCV hi. Ferritin ok. B12 & folic acid hi. D lo. Thyroid ok. Rf hi. Repeatable. Tired, weak and unfocused. Cause?

Additional info: What are the actual number values associated with the rbc, hgb, hct, mch, and mcv? This will help establish significance of these high or low values. Do you have relatives with RA or other autoimmune disease? Do you have any history of hepatitis or liver disease (can cause simultaneous high rf and high mcv)? Are there other lab test results for autoimmune disease (ana)? ...Read more

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How can one tell the difference between low b12 and pernicious anaemia? Mildly low ferritin, b12, folate (folic acid) and red blood cells. Hair loss too.

How can one tell the difference between low b12 and pernicious anaemia? Mildly low ferritin, b12, folate (folic acid) and red blood cells. Hair loss too.

This is serious: Pernicious anemia is one cause of a low B12 but your situation is complicated. If you are a non-supplementing vegetarian, please reconsider. You will need a proper set of labs and an inquiry as to the cause of each deficiency. Insist on full explanations ...Read more

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What should I do if my ferritin and iron serum and folate (folic acid) are all low?

What should I do if my ferritin and iron serum and folate (folic acid) are all low?

Iron and folate (folic acid) defi: You have deficiency of both iron and folic acid. Need to see whether you have nutritional issues, like food fads. Iron and Folic Acid are rich in green leafy vegetables, if you avoid them start taking them. Worth to get a nutrition consult a through your pcp. Take iron and Folic Acid supplemets with otc medications/pcp recomm. Do search for proper food choices, rich in iron and folate n internet. ...Read more

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Dx and treated B12 def with lvl of 78 five yrs ago, but now ferritin 13 (12-250ug/l) and folate (folic acid) 6.3 (4-20ug/l), should these levels b supplemented?

Iron: There is certainly no harm in supplementing your folate (folic acid) (must continue your b12!) but that level seems fine. Your ferritin level seems low and most likely indicates that there is not enough iron in your system. This too can lead to anemia. Iron supplements seem indicated. You should see your doctor to fully evaluated why your ferritin is low. ...Read more

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My serum folate (folic acid) is 16.4ug/L & B12 is 221ug/L & serum ferritin is 22ug/L. Why is folate (folic acid) on the high end of normal & others on the low end of normal?

Nothing to worry abt: These are all in the normal range, and there is some give and take regarding the laboratory ability to give an exact value. Don't worry about these values unless they are way higher or way lower than normal. ...Read more

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Is there signifance to folate (folic acid) level > 24 ng/ml and a vit B12 level of 343 pg/ml for someone with continuing fatigue? Fyi vit d =38 and ferritin=39.

Is there signifance to folate (folic acid) level > 24 ng/ml and a vit B12 level of 343 pg/ml for someone with continuing fatigue? Fyi vit d =38 and ferritin=39.

Need more info: The labs you mention are normal. The significance is that your fatigue is not explained by b12, d, iron, or folate (folic acid) deficiencies. ...Read more

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5yo kid, Aug 15: Folic acid >20.0 ng, vit B12 of 725.0 pg, ser ferritin 20.20 ng, PTH 70.4 pg; vit D 59.11 in 5/15; folic acid, PTH, fer r they normal?

5yo kid, Aug 15: Folic acid >20.0 ng, vit B12 of 725.0 pg, ser ferritin 20.20 ng, PTH 70.4 pg; vit D 59.11 in 5/15; folic acid, PTH, fer r they normal?

Why tests done?: What is wrong with the 5 years old boy. Why was all these tests done. His tests. All tests except parathyroid hormone are normal. Parathyroid is slightly elevated as normal is 15 to55 in 5 yrs old. You have to discuss with the doctor who ordered the tests and you know the reason you took 5 years old to doctor. What is doctor looking for. What is the calcium level. Discuss all that with the Pedia ...Read more

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58+ F Hb 10.8, RBC "Predominantly macrocytic normochromic with macroovalocytes". Ferritin 100 ng/ml, B12 894 pg/ml, Folic Acid 12.3 ng/ml. Why Anemia?

58+ F Hb 10.8, RBC "Predominantly macrocytic normochromic with macroovalocytes". Ferritin 100 ng/ml, B12 894 pg/ml, Folic Acid 12.3 ng/ml. Why Anemia?

Hg 10.8 macrocytic: Tested methylmalonic acid? Homocystine,? they are usually elevated before B12 goes down, though your B12 is pretty normal. Are you on any medications? metformin? HIV? alcohol? Hypothyroidism, liver disease, COPD, G6PD, hemolysis, malabsorption (usually have low B12 as well) can cause it as well.

http://www. Aafp. Org/afp/2009/0201/p203.html
f/u/ w/ hematology ...Read more

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My recent bloods test are Ferritin 30 ug/L Folate (folic acid) 3.9ug/L B12 545 ng/L neutrophils 8.150/L WBC 11.78 9/L HB 134 g/L MPV 7.0fL are they normal?

My recent bloods test are Ferritin 30 ug/L Folate (folic acid) 3.9ug/L B12 545 ng/L neutrophils 8.150/L WBC 11.78 9/L HB 134 g/L MPV 7.0fL are they normal?

Ask your lab or MD: There is usually a within normal limits for the lab that you had them run by. You should go off of that. Also, a physician should discuss them with you and what to do about them if they are abnormal. Nothing is glaringly wrong if that helps. ...Read more

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Anemic. More blood work ordered. B12 266. Folate (folic acid) 10.6. Ferritin <8. Iron 47. Iron binding capacity 490. Iron Sat 10%. Will I undergo more tests?

Anemic. More blood work ordered. B12 266. Folate (folic acid) 10.6. Ferritin <8. Iron 47. Iron binding capacity 490. Iron Sat 10%. Will I undergo more tests?

Perhaps: You are iron deficient either due to inadequate iron intake or poor absorption. You need additional iron in your diet through food sources and supplements. Add citrus to every meal containing iron to help with absorption. If you are not responding to supplemental iron you may be tested for sources of blood loss and/or inflammation affecting absorption. Consider gluten sensitivity. ...Read more

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Hgb 11.0, MCV 77.6, MCH 23.8, mchc 30.6, RDW 17.9, ferritin level 17.2, folate (folic acid) 5.03, iron serum 42, tibc 441, iron saturation 10. What does this mean?

Any symptoms?: Why did your doc order those tests? Are you feeling tired? Do you have really heavy periods? The hemoglobin is a little low, but not severely low. You are a little iron deficient. You may benefit from taking iron and a stool softener if you don't get enough in your diet. But talk to your doc who ordered the tests, they may have more info. ...Read more

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HB 126, Low MCV, low MCH, high WBC, high neutrophils, ferritin 45 (was 13), folate (folic acid) 5.9, B12 high from treating B12 def. Any ideas on what's wrong?

HB 126, Low MCV, low MCH, high WBC, high neutrophils, ferritin 45 (was 13), folate (folic acid) 5.9, B12 high from treating B12 def. Any ideas on what's wrong?

Wrong approach: Forgive my frankness. Labs are only useful as adjuncts to the history and physical exam. You need a relationship with a competent physician. You're only 25 but you say you have osteoporosis. You were B12 deficient -- why? If you've been a non-supplementing vegetarian, it's very dangerous. Recovering iron deficiency? Thal minor? How high are the neuts? Any immature / strange ones? Your Dr must ansr ...Read more

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My 8 year old has achey joints, headaches, emotional swings, feeling cold and on and off constipation. Her ferritin is 27 ug/l, saturation 44%, haemoglobin 128 g/l and red cell folate (folic acid) is 1918 nmol/l?

My 8 year old has achey joints, headaches, emotional swings, feeling cold and on and off constipation. Her ferritin is 27 ug/l, saturation 44%, haemoglobin 128 g/l and red cell folate (folic acid) is 1918 nmol/l?

Hypothyroidism?: The labs that you report are normal. The symptoms are not normal. The symptoms are somewhat suggestive of hypothyroidism. I would recommend addressing the symptoms with your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Previous ida. Now high B12 and folate (folic acid) levels. Ferritin result is not back. Significant hair loss and sob? Could high folate (folic acid) mask B12 deficiency? Thx

Previous ida. Now high B12 and folate (folic acid) levels. Ferritin result is not back. Significant hair loss and sob? Could high folate (folic acid) mask B12 deficiency? Thx

Masks anemia only: High folate (folic acid) can mask megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency but does not affect B12 levels. The high B12 levels you have are proof that you don't have B12 deficiency. I don't know what ida is.
Hair loss ; sob can have many causes. It sounds like you are being evaluated for possible causes. ...Read more

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Hi. I have folate deficiancy at 2. but my feritin levels are very high. I have been given folic acid to take everyday. Are the two linked?

Complete workup: You need to find out why you're folate (folic acid) deficient. This may simply involve modifying your diet to include more folate (folic acid)-rich foods. However, a very high serum ferritin warns of hemochromatosis. This is deadly if neglected but easily managed. They are not connected. Insist on a full explanation from your physician. ...Read more

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36 weeks preg. Iron 66, feritin 78.5, b12 207, folate (folic acid) 13, rbc 4.22, hb 10.4, hct 32, wbc 9.16, plt 169. anemic since 2 years. Is this bone marrow problem?

36 weeks preg. Iron 66, feritin 78.5, b12 207, folate (folic acid) 13, rbc 4.22, hb 10.4, hct 32, wbc 9.16, plt 169. anemic since 2 years. Is this bone marrow problem?

Probably not. .: First, please be assured that a Hb of 10.4 is not a danger to you or to the baby. The Bone Marrow makes 3 types of cells (WBC's, Platelets, RBC's). Your platelets and WBC's are normal. If you or your doctor were concerned about a bone marrow problem (i.e. bone marrow suppression), you can also get a test called a Reticulocyte Count. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Who all needs folic acid?

Who all needs folic acid?

Everyone: Everyone needs it to produce health red blood cells, and for fertility our bodies need it to synthesize and repair dna. Its particularly important in infants and during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is folic acid benefit?

What is folic acid benefit?

DNA repair, blood: Everyone needs it to produce health red blood cells, and for fertility our bodies need it to synthesize and repair dna. Its particularly important in infants and during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Which foods contain folic acid?

Which foods contain folic acid?

Many foods: In the US, many grain foods are fortified with folate (folic acid). Concentrations are the highest in liver, yeast, spinach, other greens, and nuts. ...Read more

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Which kind of food has folic acid?

Which kind of food has folic acid?

Leafy greens: Folic acid is coming from 'foliage' so think greens, lettuces, etc. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: folic acid?

Daily vitamin: Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (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. Can help with anemia. ...Read more

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Help please? What is folic acid helpful for?

Neural tube defects: Folic acid supplementation taken prior to pregnancy can help prevent a group of birth defects associated with the fetal neural tube. Spina bifida is one example. ...Read more

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What foods are high in folic acid naturally?

Folic acid: Folate (folic acid) is present in green, leafy vegetables, fruits, cereals, nuts, grains, and meats. Folic acid is the synthetic form of the vitamin that is included in supplements and food fortification. It has many of the same biologic effects as folate (folic acid) but is more bioavailable and therefore is relatively more effective. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of folic acid for baby?

Prevent spine defect: Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (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. Can help with anemia. ...Read more

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What are the effects of folic acid in your body?

What are the effects of folic acid in your body?

Folic acid health: Folic acid is naturally found in green leafy vegetables "foliage." in women Folic Acid helps prevent neural tube defects and in everyone is responsible for blood cell health and the production of the chemicals the brain needs to stay healthy. The "trimonoamines" dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine all require Folic Acid to be produced. Even dna requires Folic Acid to help turn genes on and off. ...Read more

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What's thedifference between folic acid and vitami b 12?

Both: Are vitamins and they work together in complex biochemical reactions that govern our very survival. ...Read more

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Could you please describe folic acid and is it good for you?

Folic Acid: Is a b vitamin. When taken for 2-3 months prior to conception, and continued throughout pregnancy has been shown to decrease the incidence of fetal neural tube defects (which is a defect in the brain and/or spinal cord) in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can folic acid cause sweats?

No: It is a vitamin and unless you took the vitamin on an empty stomach it would not cause that. ...Read more

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Ferritin (Definition)

Ferritin is protein complex that binds iron and controls iron levels inside all of our cells. Low levels in the serum is a useful marker of iron deficiency. Macrophages are cells that contain large amounts of ferritin, and this that helps them scavenge RBC at sites of old hemorrhage. High serum ferritin levels occurs from macrophage activation and is a ...Read more


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