Your Folic Acid Level

What Causes Abnormal Folic Acid Levels?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of abnormal folic acid levels we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow abnormal folic acid levels to develop?"

Diagnose your symptoms now!
  • see your health summarized and in detail
  • understand what's happening to your body
  • have a doctor review your case (optional)

Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind abnormal folic acid levels consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to abnormal folic acid levels.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Alcohol Consequences
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Megaloblastic Anemia

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
moderate right iliac pain
short-term memory failure
moderate unexplained weight loss
very frequent stools
past and future vaccination
elevated ESR
several past abortions
diarrhea for 1-3 months
pernicious anemia, no longer treated
reduced sense of smell
ulcerative colitis in remission
regular painful urge to defecate
... and more than 50 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal folic acid levels:
Cause Probability Status
Megaloblastic Anemia 96% Confirm
Ulcerative Colitis 27% Unlikely
Crohn's Disease 5% Ruled out
Alcohol Consequences 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having had recent lab tests, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Folic Acid. Unit: nmol/L
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Confirmed deficiency in the past
→ Under 10 (low)
→ 10 to 30 (normal)
→ Over 30 (elevated)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate history of folic acid deficiency, low folic acid level, normal folic acid level or high folic acid level, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Alcohol-related Problems

Alcohol interferes with the metabolism and absorption of folic acid.

Crohn's Disease

All inflammatory bowel disease patients are prone to low serum folate levels.

Ulcerative Colitis

All inflammatory bowel disease patients are prone to low serum folate levels.

Concerned or curious about your health?  Try The Analyst™
Symptom Entry
Symptom Entry
Diagnosis
Diagnosis
Suggestions
Suggestions
LifeMeter
LifeMeter®
Full Explanations
Explanations
Optional Doctor Review
Review (optional)

Related Questions

Nutrient-Related Lab Values
We use cookies for traffic analysis, advertising, and to provide the best user experience