The incidence of neural tube defects and other diseases may be lowered by a simple action: adding folate or folic acid to the diet. Today about 3,000 American babies a year are born with NTDs, a 25% drop since 1995. This reduction is attributed to folic acid food fortification and the push to have all women of childbearing age take folic acid supplements regularly. Yet only half of women of childbearing age take this supplement. Healthcare providers should educate these women about the importance of taking folic acid supplements before they become pregnant as well as during early pregnancy, when the neural tube forms. Folic acid also appears to have a beneficial effect on other diseases and disorders, such as cardiovascular disease and autism.
The goal of this continuing education program is to give dietitians, dietary managers, school nutritionists, EMTs and paramedics, fitness professionals, health educators, nurses and physicians an overview of the benefits of dietary folate and folic acid supplementation in the prevention of neural tube defects and other health problems. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Define neural tube defects and their effects on children
- Describe ways to increase the folate level in women of childbearing age
- Identify health problems that are reduced by folic acid
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with
suggested CDR learning codes of 2000, 2020, 2090, 3000, 3020, 4000, 4040, 4180 and
performance indicators of 8.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.1.5, 8.3.6, 10.2.5, 10.4.4, 12.2.2.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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