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2004 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Folic Acid

Some health experts recommend that women take 400 micrograms of the B vitamin folic acid, for which of the following reasons....*

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Respond.^
Make strong bones Prevent birth defects Prevent high bp Other
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 4,043 667 17.1 15.7-18.7 2,597 61.9 59.9-63.8 143 3.9 3.2- 4.8 636 17.1 15.6-18.6
GENDER
Male 1,270 225 19.0 16.4-21.9 689 53.2 49.7-56.5 76 6.0 4.5- 7.8 280 21.9 19.2-24.8
Female 2,773 442 15.8 14.2-17.6 1,908 68.1 65.8-70.2 67 2.5 1.8- 3.3 356 13.7 12.1-15.4
RACE
White 2,870 391 13.5 12.0-15.1 2,014 69.7 67.5-71.7 97 3.6 2.8- 4.6 368 13.3 11.8-14.9
African American 731 169 22.1 18.4-26.2 358 46.6 42.2-51.1 30 5.1 3.4- 7.6 174 26.2 22.4-30.5
Asian 45 9 19.6 9.1-37.3 29 61.0 41.6-77.4 1 1.7 0.2-11.1 6 17.7 6.6-39.6
Native American 72 18 26.1 15.2-41.0 34 34.3 22.9-47.8 3 4.2 1.3-12.9 17 35.5 21.7-52.1
Other Minorities 297 72 31.1 24.3-38.8 148 41.2 34.4-48.4 11 4.3 1.9- 9.8 66 23.4 17.6-30.3
HISPANIC
Hispanic 315 72 29.2 22.6-36.7 172 46.1 39.2-53.2 10 4.2 1.8- 9.6 61 20.5 15.3-26.9
-English Speaking 116 17 13.7 7.8-23.1 83 67.5 55.7-77.3 4 5.8 2.0-15.2 12 13.1 6.6-24.3
-Spanish Speaking 199 55 35.4 26.9-45.0 89 37.5 29.5-46.2 6 3.6 1.0-11.7 49 23.5 17.0-31.6
Non-Hispanic 3,721 594 15.7 14.3-17.3 2,421 63.7 61.7-65.7 133 3.9 3.2- 4.8 573 16.7 15.2-18.3
AGE
18-24 522 83 16.4 12.7-21.0 311 55.8 50.3-61.1 33 7.1 4.7-10.6 95 20.6 16.6-25.4
25-34 1,669 266 17.0 14.7-19.5 1,137 64.7 61.6-67.7 51 3.5 2.4- 5.0 215 14.8 12.6-17.3
35-44 1,810 312 17.6 15.4-20.0 1,126 61.0 58.2-63.9 56 3.2 2.4- 4.4 316 18.1 16.0-20.5
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 383 105 28.6 23.0-35.1 152 36.8 31.0-43.0 17 3.9 2.2- 6.9 109 30.6 25.0-36.9
H.S. or G.E.D. 966 205 20.7 17.6-24.1 513 52.9 49.0-56.8 48 5.4 3.9- 7.4 200 21.1 18.0-24.5
Some Post-H.S. 1,128 186 15.2 12.8-18.0 723 63.0 59.3-66.5 44 4.9 3.3- 7.2 175 16.9 14.2-19.9
College Graduate 1,559 170 12.5 10.5-14.9 1,204 74.9 72.0-77.5 34 2.3 1.5- 3.4 151 10.3 8.5-12.4
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 310 75 27.9 21.5-35.4 152 46.5 39.1-54.1 15 4.6 2.4- 8.7 68 21.0 15.9-27.1
$15,000- 24,999 626 142 24.0 19.8-28.8 338 49.1 43.9-54.3 21 4.1 2.2- 7.6 125 22.7 18.4-27.8
$25,000- 34,999 516 109 17.5 14.1-21.5 305 58.6 53.4-63.7 20 4.7 2.9- 7.6 82 19.2 15.2-24.0
$35,000- 49,999 598 76 12.5 9.6-16.1 405 67.4 62.8-71.7 22 4.5 2.8- 7.2 95 15.6 12.5-19.3
$50,000-74,999 611 76 14.6 11.3-18.6 437 68.4 63.6-72.8 20 4.3 2.6- 7.0 78 12.8 9.9-16.3
$75,000+ 696 77 11.1 8.6-14.3 524 73.0 68.6-77.0 17 2.3 1.3- 4.1 78 13.6 10.5-17.3
DISABILITY STATUS
Yes 736 154 23.0 19.1-27.5 394 51.2 46.5-55.9 35 5.3 3.3- 8.3 153 20.4 16.9-24.5
No 3,252 503 15.7 14.1-17.3 2,169 64.3 62.2-66.4 106 3.6 2.9- 4.6 474 16.4 14.8-18.1
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 221 41 20.6 14.4-28.4 130 55.1 46.7-63.1 12 5.7 2.8-11.0 38 18.7 12.8-26.7
Non-Veteran 3,728 613 16.9 15.4-18.6 2,416 62.6 60.6-64.6 126 3.8 3.1- 4.7 573 16.7 15.2-18.3
Currently Serving 93 13 16.3 8.9-27.8 50 49.0 37.3-60.8 5 4.1 1.6-10.1 25 30.6 20.4-43.0

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* This question was asked only of respondents who reported being between ages 18 and 44.

^Use caution in interpreting percentages with a numerator of less than 20. N = numerator, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

** Northeast NC I: Bertie, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, and Warren counties.
Northeast NC II: Beaufort, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Hyde, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties.
Northeastern Partnership: Northeast NC I and II regions combined.
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC): Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey counties.

*** Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.
Piedmont North Carolina: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Iredell, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Yadkin counties.
Western North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties.

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