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Efficacy of Weekly Versus Daily Folic Acid Supplementation

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 1, 2006
Last Update Posted : April 2, 2012
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. Reynaldo Martorell, Emory University

Brief Summary:
Investigate the efficacy of weekly versus daily of folic acid supplementation on improving folate, vitamin B12,

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Neural Tube Defects Drug: multivitamin Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

460 women of a rural community in the western highlands of Guatemala were recruited for participation in the double-blinded study led by Emory University and the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP). The women were randomly assigned one of 4 vitamin treatments containing different levels of folic acid, Vitamin B12, iron and zinc. The treatments were as follows:

  1. weekly dose of folic acid at 5000ug, iron at 120 mg, zinc at 30mg, and B12 at 16.8 ug;
  2. weekly dose of folic acid at 2800ug, iron at 120mg, zinc at 0mg and B12 at 16.8ug;
  3. daily dose of folic acid at 400ug, iron at 60mg, zinc at 15mg, B12 at 2.4ug; and
  4. daily dose of folic acid at 200ug, iron at 50mg, zinc at 0mg, and B12 at 2.4ug.

The women, aged 15-49, received the vitamins daily for 3 months. Anthropometric data and blood samples were taken at baseline and post-supplementation. The participants also completed a series of dietary interviews at baseline and post-intervention. No pregnant or lactating mothers were admitted into the study, nor severely anemic females. Blood samples were sent to the National Laboratory in Cuernavaca, Mexico, for analysis of serum folate levels.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 460 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Study Start Date : January 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2006
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2006

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. serum folate level
  2. red blood cell folate

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. homocysteine
  2. ferritin
  3. serum zinc
  4. serum B12
  5. blood pressure
  6. depression

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Ages Eligible for Study:   15 Years to 49 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • female
  • aged 15-49

Exclusion Criteria:

  • pregnant
  • lactating less than 3 months
  • severely anemic

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00394862

Sponsors and Collaborators
Emory University
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Principal Investigator: Reynaldo Martorell, PHD, MPH Emory University

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Responsible Party: Dr. Reynaldo Martorell, Professor, Emory University Identifier: NCT00394862     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 205-2004
First Posted: November 1, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 2, 2012
Last Verified: March 2012
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Neural Tube Defects
Spinal Dysraphism
Nervous System Malformations
Nervous System Diseases
Congenital Abnormalities