Wednesday, August 31, 2011

MTHFR Mutation Concerns for Men and Women

My Treat Results Post received an interesting comment relevant to all those who carry the MTHFR mutation regardless of gender.  It is a reminder that there are more health concerns here than just pregnancy issues.  I thought I'd share it with you:

"(my daughter) found out that she had (an MTHFR mutation) from both sides of the family... I am in my 70's and feel for all of you as my ambition when young was to have a happy healthy family... Since finding out more about this condition I would like to help others to know that it also causes other problems among which are heart, stroke,and other blood related problems.  Looking back on mine and my husbands family history that certainly bears this out!  Everyone on my maternal side died of heart attack or stroke.  His side all heart disease.You got this mutation from someone older and being the caring people you certainly would like your parents to know the dangers.  Dr. rec. one baby asprin and 1 ml. folic acid taken at night (most h/a start early am).  I am so surprised at the number of doctors and others in the medical field who do not know anything about this easy to remedy mutation, which is so potentionally dangerous. I am wondering if this doesn't cause cleft pallette and other birth defects!  Couldn't some of you youngsters get this attention in the newspapers or on the TV news? You could possibly save many heataches and even little lives."


Marie said...

Once I found out about my mthfr mutation, I was prescribed folic acid as well. The migraines I'd been suffering from since I was a teenager disappeared, and so did my eczema that I'd had since childhood. (I'm 36) I've not had any more eczema or migraines since! NOT ONE. My monthly period went from 7-8 agonizing days (pre-folic acid supplementation) to 4-5 virtually PAINLESS days! Both sides of my family have the mutation and have benefitted from supplementation as well. I've read that as much as 15% of the caucasian population has the mthfr mutation, so I'm surprised more testing isn't being done. I don't think we should have to go through several miscarriages before the mutation is considered a possibility. Not only does supplementation help with carrying a healthy baby to term- it has fixed a whole other host of problems I had.

Holly TH said...


I have read many of the posts on your blog regarding folic acid supplementation. I work with NeevoDHA, a prenatal indicated for women with MTHFR polymorphism. Women with MTHFR polymorphism have a limited ability to metabolize folic acid. NeevoDHA contains L-methylfolate, the active form of folate used in DNA synthesis. L-methylfolate is 7 times more bioavailable than folic acid. It also increases folate levels and decreases homocysteine levels better than folic acid. I just wanted to share this information with your readers. This blog is a great source of information for people who have been diagnosed with MTHFR.