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MTHFR

Postby nicoleharrison » Fri Aug 13, 2004 07:56 am

by nicoleharrison (249 Posts), Fri Aug 13, 2004 07:56 am

I was recently told that I have a genetic disorder called Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase(Homozygus)--Also called MTHFR. I was told that this could have caused my Preeclampsia, but they are not sure. I had a 26 weeker-- 1 pound, 11oz -- named Noah. If you could provide information on the following:

-What is MTHFR
-How should I regulate it?
-Does it cause Preeclampsia, even if I am taking supplements?
-Any other information would be helpful

Thanks!

Nicole Harrison
Columbus, Ohio
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Re : MTHFR

Postby expert on call » Tue Sep 14, 2004 02:31 pm

by expert on call (297 Posts), Tue Sep 14, 2004 02:31 pm

MTHFR does not cause preeclampsia. You need no treatment & no supplements.

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Re : MTHFR

Postby expert on call » Tue Sep 14, 2004 02:33 pm

by expert on call (297 Posts), Tue Sep 14, 2004 02:33 pm

MTHFR is an enzyme that helps convert homocysteine to methionine (one amino acid to another), and when there is a deficiency of this enzyme homocysteine levels rise. This hyperhomocysteinemia has been associated (called a risk factor) with atherosclerosis, heart disease, and hypertension, later in life, as well as thrombotic events (called thrombophilias), preeclampsia, and host of fetal problems as well. Since folic acid and vitamin B12 deficiencies exacerbate homocysteinemia, Doctors correctly prescribe folate (B12 deficiencies are extremely rare, but we know from other diseases that supplemental folate may be needed in pregnancy. Also some may use low dose heparin when a previous pregnancy was associated with preeclampsia (re potential thrombotic events), but I am unaware of any completed trials regarding this strategy.)

Thus in specific response to the questions;

What is MTHFR? It is an important enzyme in the metabolic path of a specific amino acid.

How should you regulate it? You cannot, your genes do that. You can however correct deficiencies of vitamins that relate to the enzyme’s actions.

Does it cause preeclampsia even if supplements taken? Preeclampsia can still occur, and on theoretical grounds alone (I am not aware of trials evaluating the efficacy of the supplemental vitamins (though their theoretical use is valid)

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