Folic Acid Deficiency Anemia
Folic acid is important for cell health. It aids in the processes involving DNA and the generation of red blood cells. For this reason, a higher intake is needed for those who are pregnant, but it is important for everyone’s overall health.
Lack of sufficient amounts of folic acid can result in megaloblastic anemia. This causes blood cells to grow in size and impair their function. This deficiency is most commonly caused by poor diet, but excessive alcohol consumption, bowel disorders, inflammatory diseases, and cancer can all contribute.
The following symptoms are indicative of a folic acid deficiency. If you have noticed any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. Together, you can identify the deficiency and adjust your diet and lifestyle to increase your intake of folic acid.
One indication of megaloblastic anemia is a condition known as glossitis, which causes the tongue to become inflamed. The tongue will become red and painful to the touch. The surface of the tongue may also appear to be smooth: something you may notice prior to any appearance of pain. Those who see their dentist regularly may be able to catch this symptom early on.
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