Symptoms associated with folate deficiency may include mental confusion, forgetfulness, cognitive decline, depression, irritability, diarrhea, macrocytic anemia with weakness or shortness of breath, peripheral neuropathy, sore or swollen tongue, peptic or mouth ulcers, headaches and heart palpitations. Low levels of folate can also lead to elevated levels of homocysteine. DNA synthesis and repair may be impaired and this could lead to the development of a potential cancer. Folic acid levels may be elevated when Vitamin B 12 is low, since Vitamin B 12 is needed in order for folate to enter the cells.
Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.
Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.