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Folate - Blood Test - In-Store only

Folate - Blood Test - In-Store only


The naturally occurring form of vitamin B9 is called Folate. It was formerly known as folacin. Folate is a generic name for both the naturally occurring folate and folic acid. Before entering your bloodstream, most dietary folate is converted into 5-MTHF into our digestive system.

  • Purpose of Folate test

    The Folate test is used to measure and monitor the levels of folic acid in the blood. The Folate test is also called  Folic Acid, RBC Folate, Folacin. A folic acid test is often coupled with a test for the Vitamin B12 levels because a lack of either vitamin may cause anemia.

    Why did my doctor recommend me to undergo the Folate test?

    Your doctor might ask you to undergo the Folate test if he wants to diagnose some conditions. Some of the common conditions are as follows:

    – To diagnose the cause of anemia, the doctor might ask you to undergo the Folate test. 

    – If your health practitioner wants to check for malnutrition or problems absorbing (malabsorption) folic acid.

    – When your doctor recommends you to undergo the Folate test, he might want to evaluate if treatment for folic acid deficiency or vitamin B12 deficiency is complying with the body.

    – For checking if a pregnant woman has enough folic acid to prevent certain birth defects and allow her baby to grow normally, the Folate test is highly recommended by the doctors.

    When should I go for the Folate test?

    Folate deficiency symptoms are often subtle. The most common symptoms include:

    – Fatigue  
    – Early greying of hair
    – Formation of mouth sores
    – Swelling of tongue
    – Growth problems

    The symptoms of anemia that occur due to folate deficiency include:

    – Persistent tiredness and fatigue
    – Weakness 
    – A pale tone of the skin 
    – Dyspnea(Shortness of breath)
    – Irritability and shifts of mood

    The higher levels of Folate cause Folate toxicity which might cause neurological injury when given to patients with undiagnosed pernicious anemia.

    What are the preparations needed for the Folate test?

    – Fasting is required for 8 hours to 10 hours before the test is conducted.

    – You should inform your doctor about all the medications you had been already taking. He will suggest to you the way the medications have to be taken before the test.

    – No new medications are included.

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