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Med Clin (Barc). 2000 Mar 25;114(11):414-6.

[Folic acid ingestion and associated factors in adult women 15-44 years of age in the Valencian Community].

[Article in Spanish]

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Departamento de Salud Pública, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Alicante. vioque@umh.es

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A low folic acid (FA) intake may increase the risk of neural tube defects (NTD). We estimated the proportion of women with a FA intake < 400 micrograms/day, at the Valencian Region, exploring those factors associated with a FA intake < 400 micrograms/day.

SUBJECTS AND METHOD:

Daily FA intake was estimated for 538 women aged 15 to 44 years participants in the Nutrition Survey of Valencian Region in 1994, and factors associated with an intake lower than 400 micrograms/day were analyzed.

RESULTS:

The average FA intake was 392 micrograms/day. A 57.6% of women presented a low FA intake. A higher prevalence of low FA intake was found among youngest women with low sports practice, low body mass index and early menarche.

CONCLUSIONS:

A high proportion of women with a FA intake considered at risk for NTD was observed, particularly among the youngest with low sports practice.

PMID:
10786360
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