Folic Acid Reduces Risk of Miscarriage
by Wyn Snow, Managing Editor
at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet have found that low levels of
serum folate is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage.
The study was conducted in cooperation with the US National Institute
of Child Health and Human Development, which is part of the National
Institutes of Health.
study, published in the October issue of the Journal of the American
Medical Association (288, 15:1867-73, 2002), focused on 1389
women of child-bearing age -- 468 of them having had miscarriages.
Women with low folate levels had an increased incidence of miscarriage.
results of this study reinforce the importance of folate for women
in their childbearing years," said Duane Alexander, MD, director
of NICHD. "Not only does taking folic acid before conception prevent
the devastating form of birth defects known as neural tube defects,
but it also appears to lower the risk of early miscarriage."