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Folate status and socio-demographic predictors of folate status, among a national cohort of women aged 26-36 in Australia, 2004-2006.
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PMID:  23025361     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Objective : To describe serum folate status and the socio-demographic correlates of serum folate status in a national sample of women aged 26-36 years in Australia, 2004-2006. Methods: Stored serum samples from 1,046 women, collected as part of the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health study, were analysed for serum folate. Results: Median (IQR) serum folate was 27.1 nmol/L (18.8-35.0 nmol/L) with only 7.0% of samples below 11 nmol/L. Serum folate was positively associated with supplement use, educational level, occupational status and urban dwelling. Conclusions: In this population-based sample, most women had folate levels in the normal range with few having low serum folate. Those of lower socioeconomic position or with poorer health behaviours had lower folate levels, though most were still within the normal range. Implications: In the absence of comprehensive national survey data on the folate status of women of child-bearing age, these data provide a valuable baseline for evaluating the impact of mandatory folic acid fortification in Australia, which commenced in 2009. It is likely that mandatory fortification of the food supply with folic acid will reduce the disparities in folate status between socioeconomic groups and in people with poorer health behaviours.
Authors:
Seana Gall; Judy Seal; Roscoe Taylor; Terry Dwyer; Alison Venn
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian and New Zealand journal of public health     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1753-6405     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Public Health     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9611095     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Public Health     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  421-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2012 The Authors. ANZJPH © 2012 Public Health Association of Australia.
Affiliation:
Menzies Research Institute, Tasmania Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Victoria Menzies Research Institute, Tasmania.
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