MTHFR Test Useful information about the MTHFR Blood Test.
What does MTHFR stand for?
MTHFR stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. It is an enzyme that helps metabolize homocysteine in the body.
Why is MTHFR important?
Abnormalities in the MTHFR gene can lead to high levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine has
been correlated to an increased cardiovascular risk. This particular situation can often be remedied by increasing
one's intake of folic acid.
What is the MTHFR test?
It's a test to determine if one has clinically significant mutations in the MTHFR gene. In particular, mutations in the
C677T and A1298C positions are most common.
Who are people who might benefit from the MTHFR test?
Anyone with a high homocysteine level, a history of cardiovascualar disease (particularly at a younger age), a family history of
a genetic mutation, Factor V Leiden, or anyone who has had trouble getting pregnant.
How does the MTHFR test work?
The MTHFR test requires a single blood draw. Your blood will be tested for MTHFR genetic mutations at the points of interest.
How long does it take to get MTHFR test results?
Depending on the lab, it can take anywhere from 4 to 10 business days.
Do I need to prepare in any special way for an MTHFR blood test?
No, and fasting is not required.
Will my insurance cover MTHFR blood testing?
It depends on your insurance. Some insurance plans cover it while other people order the MTHFR blood test online. For one recommended place,
please CLICK HERE.
This information is provided as a service to our users. There is no representation that any of this information is accurate, and
all questions regarding the subject matter should be directed to one's medical provider.