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).
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology|
|Last Revised||December 20, 2010|