Lack of folic acid in diet

Other Names:
Folate deficiency in pregnant women
Risk of neural tube defects during pregnancy
Goat's milk anaemia
Zuelzer-Ogden anemia

Lack of folic acid leads to anaemia. It is of value in the treatment of macrocytic anaemias, particularly those associated with metabolic diseases of the digestive system and and nutritional deficiencies. Neural tube defects (such as spina bifida) in foetuses are linked with a deficit of folic acid in the diet of the mother from the time of conception to the 12th week of pregnancy. To protect against spina bifida, it is estimated that pregnant women need three times the amount of folic acid normally occurring in their diet.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST