A serum folic acid is routinely ordered by doctors to evaluate people:
- Suffering from intestinal conditions like Crohn’s disease or celiac disease because these disorders make absorbing folic acid a challenging task for your body
- Having some types of cancer or kidney disorders
- Having malnutrition, anemia and problems in absorbing folic acid
- Taking medication that may affect folic acid absorption
Doctors also find this test useful in diagnosing those displaying symptoms like low appetite, diarrhea, bleeding gums, memory loss, frequent headaches, or swelling and redness in the tongue. Additionally, if you are pregnant, the folic acid test can help your doctor to ascertain whether you are getting enough folic acid.
If you are experiencing severe fatigue, elevated heart rate, dizziness, or breathing trouble, these may be symptoms of anemia, and the Serum Folic Acid test can prove beneficial in detecting it. Further, if you are undergoing treatment for folic acid deficiency, doctors may use this test to check if the treatment is successfully working.