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Causes of Folic Acid Deficiency Anemia

Folic Acid Deficiency Anemia
Folic Acid Deficiency Anemia

Folic acid deficiency anemia is a blood condition where there is decrease in red blood cells due to lack of folic acid. Folic acid is one of the B vitamins, which is very essential in making new blood cells. Here are the causes mentioned in the following slides.

Poor diet
Poor diet

Including foods in your diet which contain very low content of folic acid, can deprive your body from folic acid levels leading to the condition.

Medications
Medications

Certain epilepsy medicines and methotrexate, which is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, can interfere with the way that folic acid is used in your body.

Consumption of alcohol
Consumption of alcohol

Excess consumption of alcohol can reduce your body’s ability to absorb and use folic acid.

Bowel disease
Bowel disease

Coeliac disease or an inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease, can interfere with the ability of absorbing folic acid in the body.

Chronic haemolytic anaemias
Chronic haemolytic anaemias

These include certain inherited conditions such as thalassaemia and sickle cell anemia, which cause red blood cells to break down too quickly. This increases your body’s need for folic acid and can lead to a deficiency if you don’t get enough in your diet.

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