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Doctor insights on: Folate Deficiencies In Children

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What is folate-deficiency anemia?

What is folate-deficiency anemia?

Megaloblastic anemia: Folate (folic acid) is a "building block" for red blood cells. Without it, the red cells comes out big, blown up and not made efficiently. Fortunately, folate (folic acid) is plentiful in fresh fruits and vegetable. ...Read more

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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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Looking for information on B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency in vegetarians?

Looking for information on B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency in vegetarians?

B12 deficient common: Being vegetarian may reduce risk of folate (folic acid) deficiency, as the best sources of folate (folic acid) are dark leafy greens, lentils, beans, broccoli & asparagus.However, fruits & vegies generally don't contain b12, so vegetarians are at risk of B12 deficiency.Eggs and dairy products do have b12, but even vegetarians who eat those average less than half the rda of b12. B12 supplements are thus advised. See comment:. ...Read more

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What would cause folate (folic acid) deficiency in an 18 y/o male?

What would cause folate (folic acid) deficiency in an 18 y/o male?

Inadequate diet: This is caused by not eating enough foods rich in folate: dark leafy greens (spinach), beans & lentils, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli.You can also obtain folate from supplements, though most supps have folic acid, a synthetic form you need to convert to folate. 1/3 of people can't make that conversion & thus should take l-5-mthf. See http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=nutrient&dbid=63. ...Read more

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Can a folate (folic acid) deficiency cause prenatal health problems?

Can a folate (folic acid) deficiency cause prenatal health problems?

Folate (folic acid): Folate (folic acid) is critical to fetal development particularly formation of the nervous system. ...Read more

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Can severe folate (folic acid) deficiency make me feel weird like "i'm dying" everyday?

Can severe folate (folic acid) deficiency make me feel weird like "i'm dying" everyday?

Folate (folic acid) & depression: Severe folate (folic acid) 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 (folic acid) (if needed) may help, but won't be sufficient on its own for relief. Please see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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How much folate (folic acid) to take if ttc and have folate (folic acid) deficiency?

4 mg a day: Typically dose for women trying to conceive would be 400 mcg a day, but if you have a truly diagnoses folate (folic acid) deficiency, then i would likely increase to 4mg a day. ...Read more

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Found out unknown cause folate deficiency-rX 5mg folic acid tabs,how long before replenished? When to retest? Causes ?VIT D borderline deficient too

Folate (folic acid) deficiency : Folate (folic acid) deficiency can be caused by nutritional deficiency, medications, chronic diseases or frequent use of tanning beds. 5mg of folate (folic acid) is often used to treat deficiency. Usually 4 months of treatment is needed, then dose can be reduced. Levels may be rechecked after 2 a 4 months. ...Read more

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Why is fetus at risk if folate (folic acid) deficiency?

Why is fetus at risk if folate (folic acid) deficiency?

Folate (folic acid): Folate is a co-factor used in cellular division. If there is a deficiency of folic acid, cells won't be able to divide properly. The net result is fewer cells. In a developing human this is associated with neural tube defects and cardiac defects. ...Read more

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Which people are at high risk for folate (folic acid) deficiency?

Usually poor diet: Typically poor diet in green leafy vegetables can do it. Also patients on the strict atkins with no supplements can get that. But it is difficult with a health diet. ...Read more

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Do I have folate deficiency? I don't take mvi (multivitamin) or eat enriched bread

Need more diet nfo: While enriched bread has Folic Acid added, the best natural sources of folate (folic acid) are lentils, beans, dark leafy greens, broccoli & asparagus, so whether you are deficient depends on your intake of those, as well as genetics. Deficiency symptoms include fatigue, irritability, insomnia, depression and gingivitis. Deficiency increases risk of heart disease, cancer and dementia. See comment for more:. ...Read more

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Which gender is more likely to develop folate (folic acid) deficiency anemia?

Not sure: I suspect it may be more common in women, as pregnancy may deplete folate (folic acid) and require increased intake. ...Read more

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Depression since 2011,fatigue still remains when mood stabilises. Folate deficiency, only recently -fatigued yrs before it.What else causes fatigue?

Depression since 2011,fatigue still remains when mood stabilises. Folate deficiency, only recently -fatigued yrs before it.What else causes fatigue?

Fatigue: Fatigue is seen with anemia, iron deficiency, low blood pressure, underactive thyroid and other glandular disorders, heart rhythm and heart muscle disorders, chronic anxiety, depression, chronic infection or chronic inflammatory disease,as well as sleep deprivation. A physician will take a thorough history and system review,perform a physical examination and order appropriate tests for a diagnosis ...Read more

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Can folate (folic acid) deficiency cause pregnancy loss?

Can folate (folic acid) deficiency cause pregnancy loss?

Sure.: Folate (folic acid) is essential for rapidly replicating tissues, such as the early embryo and placenta. Folate (folic acid) deficiency can certainly increase your chances of early pregnancy failure - in fact folate (folic acid) antagonist Methotrexate is used for that specific reason in cases of ectopic pregnancy. Take 1-5 mg Folic Acid daily throughout your reproductive life! ...Read more

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Does folate (folic acid) deficiency affect brain's health of the baby ?

Does folate (folic acid) deficiency affect brain's health of the baby ?

See below: Folate (folic acid) deficiency can affect the development of the brain and spinal cord of the fetus. ...Read more

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