Anemia affects about 3.5 million Americans, especially women. Anemia occurs when a person’s red blood cell (RBC) count is too low and the hemoglobin level in the blood falls below normal. Hemoglobin consists of haeme (iron) and globin (protein). Both of these elements are required for supplying oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body.
Symptoms include a tingling sensation on the hands and legs, depression, memory loss, fatigue and weakness. Your doctor can diagnose the condition with a simple blood test.
Some of the main causes of anemia are a deficiency of iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid; lactation, during which a mother’s body requires more nutrients such as iron; excessive blood loss; and, worm infestation in the intestines and stomach.
A healthy diet plan is very important if you are anemic. You must include foods that contain vitamin B12, iron and folic acid.
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