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2006 BRFSS Survey Results: Mecklenburg County

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%)
North Carolina 3,367 648 19.9 18.0-21.9 1,978 56.7 54.4-59.0 133 5.1 4.0- 6.4 608 18.3 16.6-20.1
-Mecklenburg County 238 46 18.1 13.1-24.5 137 55.8 47.6-63.6 14 9.7 4.7-19.2 41 16.4 11.7-22.5
GENDER
Male 75 17 20.7 12.3-32.7 34 45.6 32.1-59.8 6 14.1 5.0-33.6 18 19.6 11.8-30.7
Female 163 29 16.0 10.7-23.1 103 64.2 55.4-72.2 8 6.1 2.6-13.5 23 13.7 8.7-21.1
RACE
White 146 24 15.3 9.8-22.9 97 67.2 57.5-75.6 8 7.4 3.2-16.3 17 10.2 6.0-16.8
Other 92 22 22.1 13.5-34.0 40 39.9 28.2-52.8 6 12.9 4.1-33.9 24 25.1 16.1-36.9
AGE
18-44 234 43 17.8 12.7-24.2 137 56.1 47.8-64.0 14 9.8 4.7-19.3 40 16.4 11.7-22.5
EDUCATION
H.S. or Less 41 13 30.3 15.9-50.0 18 38.7 22.1-58.4 4 20.2 5.6-51.8 6 10.8 4.3-24.7
Some College + 195 32 14.4 9.9-20.5 119 61.0 52.6-68.7 10 6.6 3.1-13.5 34 18.0 12.5-25.1
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $50,000 85 23 22.4 13.4-34.8 39 46.8 32.0-62.3 5 12.8 3.5-37.6 18 18.0 10.2-29.7
$50,000+ 130 19 14.4 9.0-22.3 87 64.7 55.2-73.2 5 3.7 1.4- 9.4 19 17.1 10.9-25.9

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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.


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