Journal article

The effect of folic acid supplementation on plasma homocysteine in an elderly population

A Rydlewicz, JA Simpson, RJ Taylor, CM Bond, MHN Golden

QJM-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICINE | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2002

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Increased plasma homocysteine is associated with coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease and venous thrombosis. Folic acid is the most effective therapy for reducing homocysteine levels. The lowest effective supplement of folic acid is not known, particularly for the elderly who have the highest prevalence of these conditions. AIM: To explore the effects of daily supplements of 0, 50, 100, 200, 400 and 600 microg folic acid on plasma homocysteine in an elderly population. DESIGN: Randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial. METHODS: Participants (n=368) aged 65-75 years were randomly allocated to receive one of the treatments for 6 weeks. Plasma homocysteine was..

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