Risk Factors

Experts believe that the ideal homocysteine level is below 6 units. (Holford, 2004, p.141) It is important to get tested if you have any of the following risk factors (Holford, 2004, p.141)

  1. Genetic inheritance (family history of heart disease, strokes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia or diabetes),
  2. Folate intake of less than 900mcg/day
  3. Increasing age
  4. Male
  5. Oestrogen deficiency
  6. Excessive alcohol
  7. Caffeine intake
  8. Smoking
  9. Lack of exercise
  10. Hostility and repressed anger
  11. Inflammatory bowel diseases (celiac, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis)
  12. H. pylori-generated ulcers
  13. Pregnancy
  14. Strict vegetarian or vegan
  15. High-fat diet, or
  16. High salt intake.
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