The Case for Folic Acid in Arkansas: Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida -- the most common permanently disabling birth effect -- affects roughly 1,500 births each year in the United States. Approximately 10% of those born with Spina Bifida do not live to adulthood.

 

In Arkansas, roughly four out of every 10,000 children born have the debilitating birth defect, according to data from a 2010 survey. The same study estimates that, based on that data and national averages, there are more than 1,100 people in Arkansas who live with Spina Bifida.

 

Taking 400 mcg of folic acid a day reduces the risk of neural tube defects - like Spina Bifida -- by as much as 70%.

 

The estimated care of those with Spina Bifida in Arkansas ranges from $728,220,000 to $1,145,000,000 a year.

 

Compare that to the fact that one folic acid supplement costs less than $0.01 and not only is the B9 vitamin life saving, it’s cost-saving as well.

 

For those who would like to learn more about Spina Bifida, visit the website for Arkansas Childrens’ Spina Bifida Clinic.