What is it?

Folate (also called Folic acid or vitamin B9) is a vitamin your body needs to function properly. Folate makes and repairs DNA and helps in red blood cells production. Folate is extremely important if you are planning to get pregnant, as normal levels can reduce the chance of spinal cord malformation in your baby. We consume folate from out diet. If you had a weight loss surgery, or you have a malabsorption disorder like Crohn’s or Celiac disease, you might develop a deficiency because you body is not absorbing enough vitamins. Folate dificiency may cause anemia.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Folic Acid Deficiency

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include fatigue, gray hair, mouth sores, tongue swelling, growth problems, pale skin, shortness of breath and irritability.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is done by blood tests.

Treatment

Treatment involves folate supplements. If you are planning to get pregnant, you should add Folate supplements to your daily routine.

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