Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
February 27, 2007
Question from Cleveland, Ohio, USA:
I understand the relationship between diabetes and neural tube defects, but why are women with pre-existing diabetes asked to take such high doses of folic acid during the pre-conceptional and early pregnancy periods? Do type 1 diabetics absorb less folic acid than non-diabetics?
For details, I would suggest that you go to Google and enter “folic acid” and “spina bifida.” In summary, there is a good deal of research showing a relationship between folic acid (folate) supplementation and a reduction in spina bifida. Much of this work comes from the U.K., which has a higher incidence of this disorder. Similar studies have been done in the U.S. also showing a reduction in spina bifida. Diabetes is a separate risk factor for spina bifida, therefore, it is recommended that women with diabetes take extra folate to reduce the risk of this condition.