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.
Folate (folic acid) anemia. Folate (folic acid) is one of multiple nutrients and vitamins needed for successful hemoglobin (blood) production. A deficiency of folate (folic acid) results in ineffectual blood production causing an anemia. The red blood cells with folate (folic acid) deficiency are larger than normal so it is one of the macrocytic anemias or large cell anemias. There are other diseases that can cause macrocytosis so it needs to be differentiated.

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Does folate (folic acid) deficiency anemia affect the brain and nerves?

Folate (folic acid) Deficiency. Folic acid deficiency can cause anemia. It can also cause non-specific behavioral problems and headaches. A deficiency during pregnancy can result in an increased incidence of neural tube defects. These neurological affects, while due to the same deficiency of folate, (folic acid) are not due to the anemia itself.
Yes. Folate (folic acid) 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 (folic acid) deficiency itself more than from anemia.

Why there is pancytopenia in anemia of b12 and folic acid deficiency??

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.

Serum b12> 1999 mma 0.4, homocysteine high 19. No folate (folic acid) 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 (folic acid) 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?

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.

Anemia NOS. Anemia can be due to a long list of conditions. The fact that it is chronic and not worsening is less worrisome. Capsule endoscopy to evaluate for evaluation of the small bowel as well as a bone marrow biopsy may be helpful for a more thorough workup. Profile indicates mvp; was there a valve replacement surgery? There is a relation.

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:.

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.