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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Low Folate Level (Overview)

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 importance of folic acid.


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Why does my friend have low folate (folic acid) levels?

Why does my friend have low folate (folic acid) levels?

Diet related: Folate (folic acid) is most often associated with diet intake or excessive use of alcohol. Some time abnormalities in the intestines or over growth of bad bacteria or even surgery to reduce surgery can cause decrease absorption of vitamins and folate (folic acid) as well. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
63 doctors shared insights

Low Folate Level (Overview)

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 importance of folic acid.


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Are low folate (folic acid) levels alone dangerous? They have been low for a year. Can it cause any damage to health?

Are low folate (folic acid) levels alone dangerous? They have been low for a year. Can it cause any damage to health?

Low folate (folic acid) bad: There's no reason to walk around with low folate (folic acid) levels. It's cheap and safe to supplement it. So don't sit around wondering if it hurt you in the past. Just take a supplement. low folate (folic acid) in pregnant moms can cause birth defects. Folate is involved in many crucial parts of our physiology. Low folate (folic acid) can be very bad for the body. ...Read more

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Treating Low Potassium (Checklist)

Consume magnesium rich foods, 500 mg /day
daily
Consume potassium rich foods, 3,500 mg daily
daily
Limit alcohol intake to no mre than 1 oz /day.
daily
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Could low folate (folic acid) levels cause numb and tingly legs and feet?

Could low folate (folic acid) levels cause numb and tingly legs and feet?

B 12 LEVELS TOO: Neuropathy can happen with low B12 and can easily be treated but can be permanent if left too long. Make sure b 12 levels were also checked along with folate also make sure that you are not diabetic. ...Read more

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Why do low folate (folic acid) levels cause numb and tingly legs and feet?

Why do low folate (folic acid) levels cause numb and tingly legs and feet?

Nerve health...: Can be associated with low folate (folic acid) levels. There are some vitamin/medical food supplements which have a high bioavailable form of Folic Acid and can help relieve some of the symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a low folate (folic acid) level a high WBC and alopeciA suddenly , and high Bp I've also lost 50 0/0 of my hearing , yet still all the Drs don't have clue?

I have a low folate (folic acid) level a high WBC and alopeciA suddenly , and high Bp I've also lost 50 0/0 of my hearing , yet still all the Drs don't have clue?

One diagnosis?: I'm not aware of any unifying diagnosis that could tie all those diverse symptoms together into one neat package. Low folate (folic acid) can cause low WBCs. High BP is very common and likely an unrelated problem. I think the approach here should be to address each issue: supplement folate (folic acid), search for infection, treat HTN, and go thru a list of causes for alopecia (there's a bunch of them). Best wishes. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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See your doctor to evaluate cause
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Have meds adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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What could be the problems associated with low levels of folate (folic acid) in your diet?

What could be the problems associated with low levels of folate (folic acid) in your diet?

Anemia and if pregna: Folic acid is needed for hemoglobin formation and Folic Acid deficiency can cause anemia.And if you are pregnant the deficiency can cause birth defects like spina bifida so all pregnant women are are given prenatal vitamins which contain folic acid it can also cause irritability and depression, high homocystein level, diarrhea&loss of appetite, and some cancers are associated with very low levels. ...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


Dr. Kristi Woods
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Folate (Definition)

Folate is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more