How to Prevent Anemia

Avoiding Anemia

What is anemia? What are the signs and causes of anemia? Who can have anemia? How to treat and prevent anemia?

Anemia is the indication that the particle that carries oxygen in the red blood cell is very low, it is called hemoglobin. Anemia is familiar condition but can cause severe sickness.

Signs of Anemia

People who have anemia may experience lack of sleep or anemia, weakness, tiredness, dizziness, paleness, chest pains, headache, low temperature and speedy or irregular heart beat rate.

Causes of Anemia

There are several causes of anemia such as: It runs through the family. People acquire anemia if one or both of their parents have anemia, monthly period or menstruation especially if it’s very severe bleeding may cause iron deficiency to most women, lack of vitamins such as iron, protein and folate deficiency can also cause anemia.

Pregnant women are deficient in iron because their body requires more blood amount to supply iron to the fetus. Disease such as kidney disease, cancer, ulcer, intestinal disorders and other chronic diseases causes anemia

Types of Anemia

  • Iron-deficiency anemia
  • Vitamin deficiency anemia
  • Anemia caused by chronic disease
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Leukemia
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Sickle cell anemia


Treatment and Preventive Tips to Avoid Anemia

Sickle cell anemia cannot be prevented as it is a type of anemia that is hereditary from the parents however all other types of anemia can be prevented by eating healthy foods that are rich in iron such as banana, apple, watermelon, squash, broccoli, meat, chicken liver, beef liver, pork liver, baked potato, tomato, oranges and cereals.

Avoiding or reducing caffeinated drinks, drinking supplements with iron and folate will help maintain iron in the body. Deficient in Vitamin B12 also causes the red blood cells to be low so to increase these you may eat eggs and other dairy products such as milk and cheese

Seeking Medical Help

Aside from the signs that is visible in a person that has anemia it is best to initiate a blood test. By the help of a medical adviser you will be able to know if you are positive for anemia, what type it is and possible cure that can be done.

Having a severe case of anemia may result to heart failure, because the heart will be increase the volume of blood to supply oxygen to the brain as it beats faster that the regular heart beat pattern. It would be difficult for the individual to breath and inflammation may occur.

Once anemia had been treated, there will always be possibility that it will be acquired again sustenance of iron is not maintained and the required food intake that develops iron in the body is not provided. Iron is in charge for the transfer and keeping of oxygen within the muscle cells together with the heart.

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