About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Folic Acid Consumption Rate Low In Californian Hispanic Women

by Medindia Content Team on October 27, 2007 at 4:49 PM
Font : A-A+

Folic Acid Consumption Rate Low In Californian Hispanic Women

The use of folic acid, a dietary supplement that can prevent neural tube birth defects, among Hispanic women of childbearing age in California declined between 2002 and 2006, compared with gradual increases in consumption among other groups, according to a study published Friday in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Los Angeles Times reports.

According to the study, from 2002 to 2006, the percentage of Hispanic women taking daily supplements with folic acid declined slightly from 32.8% to 30.2% despite a 10-year public health effort that has increased consumption among black, white and Asian women.


Overall, in 2006, 50.6% of white women, 39.5% of black women and 40% of Asian women or women of other races used daily folic acid supplements, the study found.

Experts suggested that lower rates of folic acid consumption among Hispanic women may be because they receive less health counseling, have lower education levels and delay prenatal care.

Cultural differences also might contribute to fewer Hispanic women consuming folic acid, according to Michelle Bholat, a Hispanic family physician at University of California-Los Angeles.

State health officials are concerned that the low rates of folic acid consumption by Hispanic women could lead to an increase in the state's overall birth defect rate because more than 50% of infants born in the state are to Hispanic women.

Previous studies have indicated that Hispanic women in the state already have nearly doubled the neural tube birth defects compared to white women.

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation


Recommended Reading

Latest Diet & Nutrition News

Fresh Food for a Fresh Start: Overcoming Health Vulnerabilities!
By adopting clean eating and incorporating fresh foods, individuals can protect themselves against potential health issues, posed by today's fast-paced society.
How Can Common Sweetener Damage DNA?
Sucralose-6-acetate commonly found in sweeteners is tagged as genotoxic. The chemical was found to damage the DNA in cells.
Healthy Eating: The Impact of Whole Grain Consumption
Experts believe it is unlikely that information about the health benefits of whole grains alone can boost whole grain consumption to the recommended level.
Almond Milk Yogurt is More Nutritious Than Dairy-Based
When comparing plant-based and dairy yogurts, almond milk yogurt was identified as the nutritionally superior option.
Real Food Offers Health Benefits, Not Supplements: UK Scientist
Health supplements offer no benefits and are merely profit-driven schemes by drug companies, says a leading UK scientist.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Folic Acid Consumption Rate Low In Californian Hispanic Women Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests