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    Folic Acid Deficiency Anemia

    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).

    Last Revised: December 18, 2012

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Joseph O'Donnell, MD - Hematology, Oncology

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