What is the role of serum folic acid in the etiology of diabetic nephropathy?

Updated: Oct 09, 2019
  • Author: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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A study by Bherwani et al suggested that an association exists between decreased serum folic acid levels and diabetic nephropathy. In the study, which involved 100 patients with diabetes mellitus, including 50 with diabetic nephropathy and 50 without it, multivariate logistic regression analysis indicated that reduced folic acid levels increased the risk of diabetic nephropathy by 19.9%. [11]


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