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Low Folate Linked to Child ADHD

For decades scientists have acknowledged that expectant moms need normal levels of folic acid to foster healthy nervous system development in the infant.

Now, a new study to be published in an upcoming issue of The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry finds that low maternal folate level is linked to the development of attention-deficit/hyperactivity problems in children at ages 7 to 9 years.

Researcher Dr. Wolff Schlotz points out, “Our findings further support the hypothesis that maternal nutrition contributes to an individual’s development, with potential consequences for their behavior later in life.”

The long-term effects of poor maternal nutrition may even branch out to the child’s ability to interact with peers or form social bonds.

The researchers also found that children born from mothers with a low folate status had a notably smaller head circumference at birth, which may indicate a smaller rate of prenatal brain growth in children adversely affected by low folate levels.

This is a cause for concern among low-income populations where the nutritional health of the mother is a low priority, and women are less likely to take folate supplements in advance of pregnancy.

Source: Wiley-Blackwell

Low Folate Linked to Child ADHD

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Low Folate Linked to Child ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 22, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2009/10/29/low-folate-linked-to-child-adhd/9210.html

 

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