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Folate deficiency anemia is a type of anemia caused by a lack of folic acid, a B vitamin found in many foods. Folate is necessary for the production of red blood cells, and a deficiency can lead to a decrease in red blood cells, resulting in anemia. Symptoms of folate deficiency anemia include fatigue, shortness of breath, pale skin, and a sore tongue. Folate deficiency anemia can be treated with dietary changes, supplements, and in some cases, medications.
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