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2006 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Folic Acid--By Risks, Conditions, and Quality of Life Measures*

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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  Total
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 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
Have Health Insurance
Yes 2,754 485 18.8 16.8-21.0 1,671 58.3 55.7-60.8 112 5.4 4.1- 7.0 486 17.5 15.7-19.4
No 605 162 23.7 19.5-28.6 304 51.4 46.0-56.8 19 3.3 2.0- 5.6 120 21.5 17.2-26.6
Body Mass Index
Underweight 77 15 30.8 15.2-52.4 44 34.2 21.8-49.3 5 10.8 3.4-29.3 13 24.2 12.1-42.5
Recommended Range 1,265 207 17.4 14.7-20.6 806 60.5 56.7-64.1 45 4.4 3.0- 6.5 207 17.7 14.9-20.8
Overweight 967 200 21.9 18.4-25.7 558 57.4 53.0-61.6 30 3.9 2.4- 6.1 179 16.9 14.2-20.1
Obese 881 190 18.9 16.0-22.2 465 53.2 48.8-57.6 45 6.6 4.3-10.2 181 21.3 17.9-25.0
Current Smoker
No 2,602 465 19.2 17.1-21.5 1,602 58.9 56.2-61.5 101 5.4 4.2- 7.1 434 16.5 14.7-18.5
Yes 755 181 22.3 18.8-26.4 370 50.1 45.4-54.8 31 3.8 2.4- 6.0 173 23.8 20.1-28.0
Binge Drinker
No 2,915 540 18.6 16.7-20.7 1,743 58.6 56.1-61.0 118 5.3 4.1- 6.8 514 17.5 15.8-19.4
Yes 411 96 26.4 20.7-33.0 215 47.0 40.5-53.6 13 3.0 1.7- 5.5 87 23.5 18.3-29.8
Heavy Drinker
No 3,219 607 19.7 17.8-21.7 1,905 57.1 54.7-59.4 130 5.2 4.1- 6.5 577 18.1 16.4-19.9
Yes 109 30 22.5 14.4-33.4 55 50.7 37.5-63.8 1 1.0 0.1- 6.5 23 25.8 15.1-40.6
Current Asthma
Yes 236 42 19.1 12.9-27.3 115 46.7 38.7-54.8 7 2.6 1.0- 6.8 72 31.6 24.4-39.9
No 3,124 604 19.9 18.0-22.0 1,861 57.5 55.1-59.9 124 5.2 4.1- 6.7 535 17.4 15.6-19.2
Diabetes
Yes 121 23 17.0 10.3-26.7 56 45.7 34.4-57.4 6 8.3 2.6-23.0 36 29.1 19.6-40.8
Yes, During Pregnancy 60 8 12.6 5.7-25.3 47 76.4 60.7-87.2 1 2.2 0.3-13.9 4 8.9 2.6-26.0
No 3,155 612 20.0 18.1-22.1 1,858 56.8 54.4-59.2 123 5.0 3.9- 6.4 562 18.1 16.4-20.0
No, Bordeline Diabetes 29 5 25.6 8.9-54.6 16 57.3 31.4-79.8 3 5.7 1.4-20.7 5 11.4 3.6-30.7
Disability
Yes 707 149 20.3 16.6-24.5 348 48.9 43.9-53.9 36 4.9 3.3- 7.3 174 25.9 21.7-30.6
No 2,588 486 19.8 17.7-22.1 1,595 58.9 56.2-61.5 94 5.2 3.9- 6.8 413 16.1 14.3-18.1

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

*These risk tables are stand-alone tables, not broken down further by geographic strata.

^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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