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  1. #1 My doctor told me I have Folate deficiency 
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    I suspect it may just be because Im so skinny atm due to not eating enough. My doctor actually asked me if I was an alcoholic (lol!) because it usually doesent happen to males unless you drink alot of alcohol or something.

    Just wondering if there is any illnesses that can cause Folate deficiency that I should get crosschecked with this. Because according to what I DO eat (Which I told my doctor) I have suspiciously low Folate levels.

    Edit: It happens to pregnant people also. But being Male, that would be kinda hard. Im pretty sure Im not with child


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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    Not sure if it's relevant but my mum suffers from Crohns disease and this has lead to her having a folic acid/ folate deficiency. (I'm not sure if it is due to the disease or a side effect of the medication she takes for it). Might be worth asking the doc about this.
    Thanks for the reply Demon.

    That might explain how my visions started to fail a few years back, my complete lack of hunger, my failure to concentrate, my fatigue, tiredness... crap - I better check with my doctor.


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    You should probably eat more bacon. Not that it has folic acid...or anything. It's just good.

    I take Podiapn, which is supercharged form of folic acid...it's supposed to help my other meds work better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    Not sure if it's relevant but my mum suffers from Crohns disease and this has lead to her having a folic acid/ folate deficiency. (I'm not sure if it is due to the disease or a side effect of the medication she takes for it). Might be worth asking the doc about this.
    Celiac disease can also cause low folate levels. Unfortunately gluten-free foods are so expensive, but Celiacs could be another possible cause.
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    Take a "One a Day" vitamin. Folic might be important. I met a guy on the beach who was healthy and a muscle builder. People always stopped him and asked him about his condition. He was healthy and had muscles and was outgoing. He was also on crutches because his legs were to small to walk on. His condition was a lack of folic acid as a child.
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    As pointed out previously, some gastrointestinal ailments can lead to a decreased absorption of folate, so you might want to see if that's a problem. I also know that a folate deficiency can lead to a megaloblastic anemia, so don't put it off like it's nothing!
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    Asparagus is an excellent source of folate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brooklyngirl27 View Post
    Asparagus is an excellent source of folate.
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    Ive made an appointment with my doctor. Will probably ask her to check for Chrons.

    Something that struck me was the part that said somthing like "Getting the disease at the end of puberty can make you look younger than you are".

    Im 29 and have to show ID when buying beer or wine. My friends and others have always said I look really young for my age. And just the other day I met a guy I went to school with when I was like 15 years old, and his first response was "Wow... you look EXACTLY like you did back then, your face hasnt changed at all".

    Edit: Im obviously hoping it isnt Chrons but that could explain my ten years of fatigue, tiredness, difficulty to concentrate, stinging pain in my lower stomach (It happens very rarely though), unexplainable backpain, loss of appetite, the constant lack of hunger etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raziell View Post
    Ive made an appointment with my doctor. Will probably ask her to check for Chrons.

    Something that struck me was the part that said somthing like "Getting the disease at the end of puberty can make you look younger than you are".

    Im 29 and have to show ID when buying beer or wine. My friends and others have always said I look really young for my age. And just the other day I met a guy I went to school with when I was like 15 years old, and his first response was "Wow... you look EXACTLY like you did back then, your face hasnt changed at all".

    Edit: Im obviously hoping it isnt Chrons but that could explain my ten years of fatigue, tiredness, difficulty to concentrate, stinging pain in my lower stomach (It happens very rarely though), unexplainable backpain, loss of appetite, the constant lack of hunger etc.
    I went back to the UK last year after being away for almost 8 years. (I was 24 when I left, and turning 32 when visiting.) My mother and brother were looking out for me at the airport, and they were asking themselves "Is that him?" whenever someone came out that looked like me. When I came out, they were like "Well OBVIOUSLY that's him!" as I hadn't changed one little bit. All of my friends also said I'd not changed in the slightest, too.

    The drinking age in UK/NZ is 18, and I was still being ID'd when I was approaching 30.

    I'm very skinny, too. Always have been ever since I was a small child.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raziell View Post
    I suspect it may just be because Im so skinny atm due to not eating enough. My doctor actually asked me if I was an alcoholic (lol!) because it usually doesent happen to males unless you drink alot of alcohol or something.

    Just wondering if there is any illnesses that can cause Folate deficiency that I should get crosschecked with this. Because according to what I DO eat (Which I told my doctor) I have suspiciously low Folate levels.

    Edit: It happens to pregnant people also. But being Male, that would be kinda hard. Im pretty sure Im not with child
    Couple of other reasons. If you taking meds to reduce acid reflux can interfere with the ability to break down food with vitamin B. Getting too much sun is another way to drove folate levels down.

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