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Price: ₹550

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8-10 hours

Report Time:

3-4 days

Recommended for:

Female

To be done:

Before pregnancy

Age Recommended:

18+ years

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Folate test or Folic acid test is the blood test done to check for folic acid deficiency. Women must take the right amount of folic acid before and during pregnancy that helps prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. Lack of folate in pregnant women can cause various pregnancy related complications including early separation of placenta from uterus (placental abruption), spontaneous abortion and severe language deficit in new-born.

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What is a Folate test ?

Folate test is a test that measures the amount of folic acid, which makes healthy red blood cells in the blood. Folate is one of the B vitamins that the body needs for normal growth and in the making of the Red blood cells, White blood cells, and platelets. Folate is also very important for the normal development of the fetus.

Folate can be measured in the liquid portion that is the plasma of the blood. This reflects the person’s recent intake of folic acid or folate in the blood. Folate is found in citrus fruits, liver, beans, whole grains, leafy vegetables, etc. Folic acid is a man-made form of folate. It is present in vitamin pills and fortified food such as fortified cereals.

Why is the Folate test done?                             

The folate test is to be performed for the following reasons:

1. Check for the cause of the anemia. It is also done to check the levels of vitamin B12 as the lack of any vitamin can cause anemia.

2. To check for the malnutrition of the folate.

3. To check if the treatment given for the deficiency of the folate is working or not.

4. To check if the woman has a sufficient amount of folate in the body to prevent birth defects in the child.

What does Folate test measures?

The folate test measures the amount of folate in the blood. High folate levels mean that your body has a sufficient amount of it in the body which may be the result of a high folate diet, vitamin pills, or taking folic acid tablets. Higher levels do not cause any problems. High folate levels also mean that there may be a deficiency of vitamin B12 as the body needs the folate to absorb the vitamin.

How is the folate test performed ?

The folate test is performed through a blood sample usually taken from the arm by a health professional. It is done in a laboratory. For a folate plasma test, you are advised not to eat or drink anything that it has to be done empty stomach (other than water) for at least 8 to 10 hours before the test.

How to interpret the folate test results ?

Normal values

The folate test values of the normal range may differ from one lab to another. The normal range acts as a guide only. Your doctor may also look at other factors like age, health, or other factors. A value that may be not in the normal range may still be normal for you. So the normal value will be decided by your doctor. The normal range is from 2.7 to 17.0 nanograms per milliliter or also from 6.12 to 38.52 nanomoles per liter. So it is better to ask your healthcare provider about the meaning of your test results.

High values:

There are two main reasons for the high folate values:

1) One indication for the high folate levels is that you are consuming the folate insufficient levels either by taking high folate diet or consuming the vitamin or folic acid pills. Both are good as higher levels would not affect your body by any means.

2) The Second indication is that you have lesser vitamin B12 levels as this vitamin is much needed to absorb the folate. But a folate test is not a reliable way to find out vitamin B 12 deficiency.

Low levels:

Low folate levels can be related to the following options:

  1. It can be because you may have any problem with your diets such as alcohol use, disorder or any other eating disorder as anorexia nervosa.
  2. It may also be because of the low level of the vitamins that help in the absorption of folate such as vitamin C.
  3. The low levels may also be due to any underlying cause of disease as liver disease, celiac disease, Sprue, or Crohn’s disease.
  4. Low folate levels can cause problems in some people for instance:
    • In pregnant females, extra folate is needed for the growing child.
    • Patients with the condition of hemolytic anemia, a condition in which there is fast destruction of the red blood cells. Such patients need more than the normal folate to make more red blood cells.
    • People who are suffering from the conditions such as kidney failure and some types of cancer may use the folate very quickly. They may need a dialysis machine to clean their blood.

There are two types of antibodies identified in the serum of the patients that are blocking antibody and binding antibodies. The two types of antibodies can be measured by the specific assays that describes their pathological effects either by blocking the folate transport or disrupting by an antigen antibody. We have to identify both IgG and IgM antigens in these conditions. The predominant antibodies in the case of the females with the NTD pregnancy belong to IgG1 and IgG2 while in the children the isotypes are IgG1 and IgG4. So with the help of these tests, the health care professionals can find out the reason or could make the diagnosis, so also do the treatment in the right direction. Also, early detection and intervention could help in preventing or reversing the consequences due to exposure to these AuAbs.

FAQs

Is folate test necessary after the NT scan?

No, folate test is not a necessary test. Your doctor will prescribe it only if it is needed.

Is folate and vitamin B12 the same?

Folate is the natural form of Vitamin B 9. It is available in the market in pills in the form of folic acid.

Is it bad having too much folate-rich diet?

Taking extra folate over a long period may lead to some problems. So it is better to take concern from your doctor before taking any pills.

What is the first symptom of the folate deficiency ?

Generally, small folic acid deficiencies would not matter. But in severe cases, people have symptoms like light-headedness, weakness, sore throat.

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What is a Folate test ?

Folate test is a test that measures the amount of folic acid, which makes healthy red blood cells in the blood. Folate is one of the B vitamins that the body needs for normal growth and in the making of the Red blood cells, White blood cells, and platelets. Folate is also very important for the normal development of the fetus.

Folate can be measured in the liquid portion that is the plasma of the blood. This reflects the person’s recent intake of folic acid or folate in the blood. Folate is found in citrus fruits, liver, beans, whole grains, leafy vegetables, etc. Folic acid is a man-made form of folate. It is present in vitamin pills and fortified food such as fortified cereals.

Why is the Folate test done?                             

The folate test is to be performed for the following reasons:

1. Check for the cause of the anemia. It is also done to check the levels of vitamin B12 as the lack of any vitamin can cause anemia.

2. To check for the malnutrition of the folate.

3. To check if the treatment given for the deficiency of the folate is working or not.

4. To check if the woman has a sufficient amount of folate in the body to prevent birth defects in the child.

What does Folate test measures?

The folate test measures the amount of folate in the blood. High folate levels mean that your body has a sufficient amount of it in the body which may be the result of a high folate diet, vitamin pills, or taking folic acid tablets. Higher levels do not cause any problems. High folate levels also mean that there may be a deficiency of vitamin B12 as the body needs the folate to absorb the vitamin.

How is the folate test performed ?

The folate test is performed through a blood sample usually taken from the arm by a health professional. It is done in a laboratory. For a folate plasma test, you are advised not to eat or drink anything that it has to be done empty stomach (other than water) for at least 8 to 10 hours before the test.

How to interpret the folate test results ?

Normal values

The folate test values of the normal range may differ from one lab to another. The normal range acts as a guide only. Your doctor may also look at other factors like age, health, or other factors. A value that may be not in the normal range may still be normal for you. So the normal value will be decided by your doctor. The normal range is from 2.7 to 17.0 nanograms per milliliter or also from 6.12 to 38.52 nanomoles per liter. So it is better to ask your healthcare provider about the meaning of your test results.

High values:

There are two main reasons for the high folate values:

1) One indication for the high folate levels is that you are consuming the folate insufficient levels either by taking high folate diet or consuming the vitamin or folic acid pills. Both are good as higher levels would not affect your body by any means.

2) The Second indication is that you have lesser vitamin B12 levels as this vitamin is much needed to absorb the folate. But a folate test is not a reliable way to find out vitamin B 12 deficiency.

Low levels:

Low folate levels can be related to the following options:

  1. It can be because you may have any problem with your diets such as alcohol use, disorder or any other eating disorder as anorexia nervosa.
  2. It may also be because of the low level of the vitamins that help in the absorption of folate such as vitamin C.
  3. The low levels may also be due to any underlying cause of disease as liver disease, celiac disease, Sprue, or Crohn’s disease.
  4. Low folate levels can cause problems in some people for instance:
    • In pregnant females, extra folate is needed for the growing child.
    • Patients with the condition of hemolytic anemia, a condition in which there is fast destruction of the red blood cells. Such patients need more than the normal folate to make more red blood cells.
    • People who are suffering from the conditions such as kidney failure and some types of cancer may use the folate very quickly. They may need a dialysis machine to clean their blood.

There are two types of antibodies identified in the serum of the patients that are blocking antibody and binding antibodies. The two types of antibodies can be measured by the specific assays that describes their pathological effects either by blocking the folate transport or disrupting by an antigen antibody. We have to identify both IgG and IgM antigens in these conditions. The predominant antibodies in the case of the females with the NTD pregnancy belong to IgG1 and IgG2 while in the children the isotypes are IgG1 and IgG4. So with the help of these tests, the health care professionals can find out the reason or could make the diagnosis, so also do the treatment in the right direction. Also, early detection and intervention could help in preventing or reversing the consequences due to exposure to these AuAbs.

FAQs

Is folate test necessary after the NT scan?

No, folate test is not a necessary test. Your doctor will prescribe it only if it is needed.

Is folate and vitamin B12 the same?

Folate is the natural form of Vitamin B 9. It is available in the market in pills in the form of folic acid.

Is it bad having too much folate-rich diet?

Taking extra folate over a long period may lead to some problems. So it is better to take concern from your doctor before taking any pills.

What is the first symptom of the folate deficiency ?

Generally, small folic acid deficiencies would not matter. But in severe cases, people have symptoms like light-headedness, weakness, sore throat.

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