Folic Acid Deficiency Anemia: Causes Topic Overview Folic acid is one of the B vitamins. It
helps produce red blood cells. Low levels of folic acid (also called folate) in
the body decrease production of red blood cells and cause
folic acid deficiency anemia.
folic acid deficiency anemia include:
Not eating enough foods that contain folic acid.
Unhealthy diets may not have much folic acid. People who have the eating disorder
anorexia nervosa severely limit how much they eat,
including those foods that contain folic acid. Having an increased need for folic acid. This might
Pregnancy. Pregnant women need more
folic acid to protect their babies from birth defects, such as neural tube defects. Blood disorders, such as
sickle cell anemia, that use up the body's supply of
folic acid. Diseases that cause rapid cell growth, such as
psoriasis. An increased rate of metabolism, as
might happen with an overactive thyroid ( hyperthyroidism). This uses up the body's store of
folic acid faster than it is absorbed. Not absorbing or retaining folic acid. This can be caused by:
Drinking too much alcohol. Having hemodialysis. Having an intestinal problem such as celiac disease. Taking certain medicines, including medicine used to treat cancer.
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June 20, 2014
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