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Posts Tagged ‘Iron Deficiency Anemia’

Low Haemoglobin and Anemia are very common in females especially in their 40s .
Last week my cousin was complaining of Fatigue and shortness of Breath for which Doctor made her do blood works which showed Iron Deficiency Anemia . It got me thinking about you all who should be aware of this common problem . 
Anemia is usually defined as a decrease in amount of red blood cells (RBCs) or the amount of hemoglobin in the blood(Haemoglobin is a metalloptotein which carries oxygen . )
It can be roughly divided into 
1) Anemia due to Blood Loss
2) Anemia due to less blood formation mostly Dietary faults
3) Anemia due to destruction of RBC s.
You may have come across some terms like Thalassemia, Sickle cell Anemia , Pernicious Anemia etc but Friends here i will discuss only  diet related Anemia which is common in ladies and especially vegetarians . 
Its also called Iron Deficiency Anemia . 
Iron-deficiency anemia (or iron-deficiency anemia) is a common anemia (low red blood cell or hemoglobin levels) caused by insufficient dietary intake and absorption of iron, and/or iron loss from bleeding which can originate from a range of sources such as the intestinal, uterine or urinary tract.
As blood is carrying less oxygen due to lowered Haemoglobin symptoms like fatigue, Breathlessness, irritability, Anxiety, reduced pallor are very common. Anemia creeps slowly so ladies tend to ignore it citing busy life but what they dont realize is that chronic Anemia will reduce their productivity and life quality . 
Also the perimenaupausal n menopausal erratic bleeding make it more difficult. 
Even vegetarian diets provide less Iron and Proteins so a calculated effort should be made to include foods prividing these. 
So my friends Dont ignore low Haemoglobin & Anemia . Go to the doctor , Find the cause for it . 
Doctors will prescribe Medicines to increase Haemoglobin but along with that If it is due to Dietary Blunders , its easily managable n reversible . 
Some Foods to help are meats, legumes, beetroot, green leafy vegetables, peanuts, broccoly, Apricots, ragi, nuts rtc but make sure you also have a Vit C source along with it like tomatoes so that there is a better absorption of dietary Iron .

Friends one more thing i will like to emphasize here is that if you have teen age daughters please make them aware of these issues . Today’s kids are so much into fast foods and skipping meals that they are sure to be Suffering with Anemia . I can see so many of my daughters friends complaining of Fatigue, bad skin, Hair Loss, weakness that we as mothers should change our diets as well as our daughters diets . 

So Gorgeous 40 +/- ladies Just tweak your diet here n there n get those rosy lips and pink cheeks back .