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What is Folate Deficiency Anemia?
Folate deficiency anemia is a decrease in red blood cells.

Signs of folate deficiency anemia include: fatigue, headache, pallor, sore mouth and sore tongue.

When to See a Doctor
If you have any of the above symptoms consult a doctor.

To diagnose folate deficiency anemia your doctor will examine you and ask questions about your health history and your symptoms. He will take blood tests to check the number of red blood cells and see if you body has enough folic acid. He will also check your level of vitamin B12.

Folate deficiency anemia can be treated with folic acid supplements – given by mouth or through a vein – on a short term basis until the anemia has been corrected. If absorption by the intestine is poor, replacement therapy may be life-long. Your doctor may suggest increasing your intake of leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits.

Preventatives and Precautions

You may prevent folate deficiency anemia by steaming your food to help keep more folate content in the cooked foods.

Chances of Getting
Folate deficiency anemia occurs in about four out of 100,000 people. Folate deficiency anemia risk factors include: alcoholism, eating overcooked food, poor diet and pregnancy.

Day-to-Day Approach   
Anemia usually responds well to treatment within two months.

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