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Higher Dietary Intake of Folate May Lower Risk of Premature Death

Folate is the natural form of vitamin B9 and plays an important role in producing red and white blood cells in bone marrow and transforming carbohydrates into energy. According to a new study, higher dietary intake of folate may be associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular death and premature death in diabetics. 

Participants in the study included 9,196 adults with type 2 diabetes and an average age of 61 who took part in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Dietary folate intake was evaluated via a 24-hour dietary recall questionnaire. Participants were followed for 7.3 years and all deaths were recorded. 

Participants with the highest dietary intake of folate were found to have a lower risk of premature death compared to those with the lowest dietary intake. They also had a lower risk of cardiovascular death. 

Good dietary sources of folate include dark, leafy vegetables, beans, peanuts, seafood, and whole grains. 

The study was conducted by researchers from Zhengzhou University. It was published online ahead of print on October 14, 2022 in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition. 

A previous study found that supplementation with high doses of folic acid (synthetic folate) may provide blood sugar health benefits. 

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