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Children With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Have Surprisingly High Folate Levels

Posted Jan 25 2009 3:45pm

Children with newly diagnosed cases of inflammatory bowel disease have higher concentrations of folate in their blood than individuals without IBD, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and UC Berkeley. The findings bring into question the previously held theory that patients with IBD are prone to folate – also known as folic acid – deficiency.

“This is exciting work that opens the door to additional research into the role of folic acid and its genetic basis in the development of IBD, especially in young patients,” said first author Melvin Heyman, MD, a professor of pediatrics, chief of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, and director of the Pediatric IBD Program at UCSF Children’s Hospital.

The study appears in the February 2009 issue of the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” and is currently available online at http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/89/2/545.

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