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Doctor insights on: Folic Acid And Autoimmune Diseases

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Are foods high in folic acid, and vitamin d good for people with auto immune diseases?

Are foods high in folic acid, and vitamin d good for people with auto immune diseases?

Absolutely: Folic acid and vitamin d are excellent nutrients/vitamins that provide significant qualities known to assist the bodies immune system. ...Read more

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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Doctors, what are the diseases caused due to deficiency of folic acid?

Doctors, what are the diseases caused due to deficiency of folic acid?

Anemia: Its called megaloblastic anemia, cause the red blood cells are very large. A Folic Acid deficiency can also lead to neurologic problems in unborn children. Anemia may make you:
Feel weak and tired.
Feel lightheaded.
Be forgetful.
Feel grouchy.
Lose your appetite and lose weight.
Have trouble concentrating. ...Read more

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I was wondering is fibromyalgia, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis and acid reflux considered autoimmune disease?

I was wondering is fibromyalgia, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis and acid reflux considered autoimmune disease?

No, no, no, and no: Autoimmune diseases are diseases in which the immune system attacks the body itself causing inflammatory pain. Functional pain such as fibromyalgia is the perception of pain in normal structures (muscles, ligaments, tendons). Other causes of pain are abnormal tissue (endometriosis) or direct effect of acid (reflux) burning sensitive tissue. Interstitial cystitis is inflammation (not autoimmune). ...Read more

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High albicans, igg, iga, and igm. Serum iron and % sat high, T4 low, and folate (folic acid) low-help where do I start? Have celiac disease.

High albicans, igg, iga, and igm. Serum iron and % sat high, T4 low, and folate (folic acid) low-help where do I start? Have celiac disease.

See a hematologist: If your iron level is high, you need to be bled periodically to prevent damages to your organs particularly your liver. This is a continuing process and not a one-shot deal. As for your thyroid, you need another test to confirm whether your thyroid replacement is adequate. Since natural thyroid extract is not standardized, it is hard to regulate your thyroid with it (used about 50 yrs ago). ...Read more

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Person w/ SCAD deficiency, autism, mood disorder. Acutely became agitated, aggressive. Labs/UA wnl except B12 >1999 pg/mL; Folate (folic acid) >19. 9 ng/mL? Toxic?

Person w/ SCAD deficiency, autism, mood disorder. Acutely became agitated, aggressive. Labs/UA wnl except B12 >1999 pg/mL; Folate (folic acid) >19. 9 ng/mL? Toxic?

How old are you?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, & we expect it of you! List any meds you take, & any chronic medical problems, too. ...Read more

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Friend takes vitamin b6, b12, and folic acid on a daily basis, he says it prevents heart disease, stroke and mental depression. Is this true?

Friend takes vitamin b6, b12, and folic acid on a daily basis, he says it prevents heart disease, stroke and mental depression. Is this true?

Yes for some-depends: B6, B12 & Folic Acid all lower homocysteine, a metabolite of methionine. High homocysteine is a better predictor of risk of heart disease & stroke than cholesterol, high BP & smoking! These vits. Are proven to lower stroke risk but not yet proven to reduce heart attack risk-but likely will for anyone with high homocysteine. See
http://www. Patrickholford. Com/index. Php/blog/blogarticle/171/ & comment:. ...Read more

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Hi I have a low folate (folic acid) high WBC, I have alopeca lost my hair all in month, dizziness headaches, high Bp (heart disease in family) so tired, Ty?

Hi I have a low folate (folic acid) high WBC, I have alopeca lost my hair all in month, dizziness headaches, high Bp (heart disease in family) so tired, Ty?

Lifestyle therapy: The most concerning symptom is the hair loss which could be congenital, caused by medications/drug, or thyroid problems. Low folate (folic acid) is usually caused by inadequate intake (try broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus), and elevated WBC is often associated with smoking. I don't see one diagnosis. Have a good check up and then focus on lifestyle: heathy eating, activity, sleep, stress management. ...Read more

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Hemoglogin:12.5 low, hematocrit:38 low. Iron, folic acid, b12, vitamin d ok. What's causing anemia & what do I do? Have graves disease&psoriasis/arthr

Hemoglogin:12.5 low, hematocrit:38 low. Iron, folic acid, b12, vitamin d ok. What's causing anemia & what do I do? Have graves disease&psoriasis/arthr

A 38 hct: Is not considered low at most labs. It doesn't sound like that is really your issue but go over this with the ordering physician, good luck. ...Read more

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How do people catch autoimmune diseases?

How do people catch autoimmune diseases?

Not caught: People with a predisposition to an autoimmune disease might develop one following an acute infectious process, however, they are not thought to be directly caught as in the case of a virus. Autoimmune disease is due to an underlying defect in immune regulation that varies by condition. ...Read more

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How common are most autoimmune diseases?

How common are most autoimmune diseases?

Less than 1%: About 3% of americans, for example, have an autoimmune disease. Common ones include thyroid problems, type 1 (juvenile) diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and vitiligo. Most affect 1% of people or less. Autoimmune diseases are 3x more common in women and in people with a family history. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can autoimmune disease mean?

Complicated: The immune system is that part of the body defenses that fight off outside disease like infections. Auto immune disease denotes a situation where the body "turns against itself" by making antibodies against part or parts of your own body? The ultimate autoimmune disease is lupus but many others exist affecting the thyroid or many other organ systems. ...Read more

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How can I find out if I have an autoimmune disease?

Discuss with doctor: Your doctor can order some basic screening tests if warranted (if you have symptoms or risk factors of autoimmunity). An immunologist or a rheumatologist can perform a more detailed evaluation and initiate treatment if an autoimmune disease is found. ...Read more

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Why are autoimmune diseases more common in females?

Why are autoimmune diseases more common in females?

Fetal cell traffic.: Fetal cells cross the placenta and lodge in maternal tissues triggering immune reaction to the paternal antigens. That's why autoimmune diseases are almost exclusive seen in women of reproductive age. If you are wondering about such diseases in men or women who have never been pregnant, the answer is that all of us carry cells from our mothers in our bodies since we were born; they can do the same. ...Read more

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Could diet (Dr Fuhrman etc) cure autoimmune disease?

Could diet (Dr Fuhrman etc) cure autoimmune disease?

Probably not: Diet is a hot topic as a treatment for autoimmune diseases. However there is no cure for autoimmune diseases including conventional treatments and or diet. Obesity makes patients respond less well to treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. Weight loss in general helps. (The medications work better). ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of autoimmune diseases?

Need specific info: There are so many different symptoms based on which body system is affected by the particular autoimmune disease. For example, psoriasis affects the skin but can also affect the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints but can also affect the lungs. Lupus erythematosus can affect multiple organ systems. The symptoms generally follow the organ systems but non-specific fatigue is common. ...Read more

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What major organs can be affected by autoimmune diseases?

Almost any organ.: Heart, lungs, kidney, thyroid, brain and liver are examples of organs that are targets of autoimmune diseases. Lupus, autoimmune hepatitis, graves disease, and multiple sclerosis are examples of autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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How should I manage my life now that I have an autoimmune disease?

How should I manage my life now that I have an autoimmune disease?

Live healthy!: Practice common sense: get enough rest, eat healthy foods in moderation, cut stressors, and exercise as you are able. These will help your immune system. You may need to carve out time and money for these things, which may take away from other goals, but it will be worth it. Follow doctors' orders for follow up exams, tests and vaccines to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Which autoimmune diseases affect women, and what are their symptoms?

Which autoimmune diseases affect women, and what are their symptoms?

Variety of symptoms: Many autoimmune diseases can affect women, such as thyroiditis, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, grave's disease, vitiligo, etc... Symptoms include rashes, skin color change, skin tightening, fatigue, muscle weakness, fevers, feeling hot, feeling cold, weight gain, weight loss, joint pains, joint swelling, muscle aches, eye changes, abnormal lab results, dry mouth, etc... ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases affect women, and what are warning symptoms?

What autoimmune diseases affect women, and what are warning symptoms?

Several.: While men get these diseases as well, all of the following are 6-15x more common in females, and are autimmune: 1. Ra, 2. Sle, 3. Scleroderma, 4. Mctd, 5. Polymyositis, 6. Sjogren's. All can be related to the presecne of estorgen, which is why they are uncommon in females before puberty. However, men with klinefelter's syndrome, who are xxy, have very high levels of estrogen and these diseases. ...Read more

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Is there any evidence that following diets such as Dr Furhman's Is beneficial for reducing symptoms of autoimmune disease?

Is there any evidence that following diets such as Dr Furhman's Is beneficial for reducing symptoms of autoimmune disease?

No proven diet.: Although a diet high in antioxidants may potentially be beneficial, there has not been any scientific proof on its efficacy. (For that matter, any other diet) ...Read more

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Does folic acid ever expire?

Does folic acid ever expire?

Yes and no: Most folic acid tablets and multivitamins have an expiration date on the bottle. Frankly this is erroneous as this compound and many others, will not spontaneously degenerate. Only if the bottle is kept too warm or too wet will there be a change in the potency or quality. ...Read more

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What can people take folic acid for?

Anemia: 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 does a high folic acid level mean?

What does a high folic acid level mean?

Supplements?: Is it high due to your taking supplements or because of folate (folic acid) in your diet. High folate (folic acid) has been associated in some studies with increased risk for prostate and colon cancer while other studies show that it prevents neural tube defects in fetuses. Get it naturally and you typically don't have to worry about high levels. ...Read more

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Can you take levoflaxin with folic acid?

Can you take levoflaxin with folic acid?

Yes: I know of no problem arising from this combination. Beware though that some of the minerals that are in some vitamins can decrease the absorption of levofloxin if they are taken at the same time. Best wishes ...Read more

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What is the use of folic acid in general?

Pregnancy/Anemia: 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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Does folic acid tablets increase apetite?

In certain groups.: -loss of appetite is one of the signs of Folic Acid deficiency.
-in preschool children with poor appetite Folic Acid given for 20 days increased hunger (2007).
-rats on a diet without folate for 23 days had low weight, gained it after supplementation (1989).
-folic acid is especially important in infancy, adolescence, pregnancy (it protects against ntds) when cells ; tissues are growing rapidly. ...Read more

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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

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Autoimmune (Definition)

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