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Folic Acid test - Part 2


High values

  • High levels of folate in the blood may indicate that you consume a folate or folic acid-rich diet, take vitamins, or take folic acid pills. Consuming more folate than the body requires has no negative consequences.
  • High folate levels can also indicate a lack of vitamin B12. To use folate, body cells require vitamin B12. If vitamin B12 levels are very low, cells cannot use folate, and high levels of it may accumulate in the blood. However, a folate test is not a reliable way to detect vitamin B12 deficiency.

Low values

  • Low folate levels can indicate a dietary problem, an alcohol use disorder, or an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa.
  • Low folate levels may also indicate a problem absorbing or utilizing folate, such as vitamin C deficiency, liver disease, celiac disease, sprue, or Crohn's disease.
  • Low folate levels can be problematic for some people. As an example:
  • A pregnant woman requires extra folate to support her growing baby.
  • People with hemolytic anemia, a condition that causes rapid destruction of red blood cells, require more folate in order to produce more red blood cells.
  • Certain conditions, such as kidney failure and certain types of cancer, can cause a rapid depletion of folate. They may require a machine to clean their blood (kidney dialysis).

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