Folic Acid Deficiency Anemia

Folic acid deficiency anemia results from lower-than-normal levels of folic acid in the body. It causes symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, and lightheadedness. Causes of folic acid deficiency anemia include: Not getting enough folic acid in the diet. An increased need for folic acid, as can happen during pregnancy or…

Folic Acid Deficiency Anemia

Folic acid deficiency anemia results from lower-than-normal levels of folic acid in the body. It causes symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, and lightheadedness.

Causes of folic acid deficiency anemia include:

  • Not getting enough folic acid in the diet.
  • An increased need for folic acid, as can happen during pregnancy or with certain diseases, such as sickle cell disease.
  • Drinking too much alcohol.
  • Certain medicines.
  • Artificial cleansing of the blood (hemodialysis), as is done to treat kidney disease.

Folic acid deficiency anemia is treated by increasing a person's intake of folic acid (folate).

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