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Anemia - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Anemia-What is it?

Patients suffer from anemia when their blood is lacking in sufficient amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin that are healthy and are performing their functions. Hemoglobin happens to be a major component of RBC as red blood cells are commonly abbreviated as. It also binds oxygen. In case it is not present in desirable levels that the body cells fail to get adequate oxygen. In the US, anemia is the most common blood disorder found amongst more than 3.5 million persons. The risks of developing anemia are higher for women, people suffering from chronic diseases and children. The following facts must be kept in mind while dealing with anemia:

  • There are hereditary variants of anemia and infant may be suffering from the condition right after taking birth.
  • Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to this condition. This is due to the fact that menstruation causes blood loss and demands increased quantities for oxygen.
  • The elderly are also prone to elderly due to certain medical conditions. Poor diet is also a major factor.
  • Anemia may be of different types. Each is different with regards to causes and their respective treatments. The most widespread form of anemia is iron deficiency anemia which may be easily treated with changes in diet and providing iron supplements. Certain variants of anemia occur as part of the normal life like the mild forms of anemia that are present during childbearing stages of a woman’s life. Others, however, may pose health problems for life.

    What are the causes of anemia?

    Anemia may be of more than 400 different types. These types of anemia may again be subdivided into three distinct groups viz:

    • Anemia which results from loss of blood.
    • Anemia resulting from the abnormal production of RBC.
    • Anemia which results from the destruction of RBC.
    • Anemia which results from loss of blood
    • Profuse or even mild bleeding results in loss of red blood cells. When the bleeding occurs gradually over long time periods, undetected anemia may be the result.
    • Anemia resulting from abnormal production of RBC
    • If a patient is suffering from this anemia variant there is faulty functioning of blood cells resulting in anemia. This abnormal functioning of RBC may be the result of lack of minerals and vitamins needed by RBC. The RBC themselves may be abnormal too.
    • Anemia which results from the destruction of RBC

    This happens when the RBC become fragile and cannot stand up to the strains of the circulatory system. They rupture prematurely. The condition is known as hemolytic anemia. It may be inborn or may develop in course of time. The cause of the condition remains unknown in certain cases.

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test always required Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong Non communicable
Symptoms
Fatigue Pale skin Lightheadedness Recurrent bouts of weakness

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Health Benefits Of Jackfruit Seeds

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 93% (6695 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
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Health Benefits Of Jackfruit Seeds
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Did You Know, Vitamin C Aids in Iron Absorption!

Dr. Prabha Acharya 87% (101 ratings)
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Did You Know, Vitamin C Aids in Iron Absorption!
Iron is a major component of hemoglobin that carries oxygen to all parts of the body. Women need more iron than men to makeup for the amount of iron they lose in their menstrual period. Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in women. Insufficient iron can lead to anaemia. Common symptoms of anaemia include tiredness and breathlessness. Iron is especially important during pregnancy. Iron absorption can be impaired by alcohol, the tannic acid in tea,etc. Hence avoid drinking tea while consuming any iron source food. Sources of iron: Red meat, chicken and fish, Fortified cereals, nuts, leafy green vegetables. Role of Vitamin C: Drinking citrus juice or eating other foods rich in vitamin C at the same time that you eat high-iron foods, enhances the iron absorption. Vitamin C food sources: Broccoli, Kiwi, Leafy greens,Oranges,Tomatoes, etc.
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Know More About Vitamin C

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Know More About Vitamin C
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Health Benefits of Palak (Spinach)
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Erect Penis Enemy Could Be Anemia!

Dr. Vinod Raina 92% (3962 ratings)
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Erect Penis Enemy Could Be Anemia!
Many men take great pains to ensure their penis health in order to maintain an active sexual life, including the ability to experience an erect penis. Sometimes, when there is dysfunction in the erectile area, it's possible that anemia may be playing a role in preventing the manhood from functioning correctly. Explaining anemia Anemia is one of those words that people hear all the time but may only have a vague understanding of what it means. So what is anemia? According to the Mayo Clinic, anemia is "a condition in which (one doesn't) have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body's tissues." Red blood cells contain a protein called hemoglobin. This protein takes the oxygen that comes in through the lungs and transports it around the body so that the organs that require oxygen can get the oxygen that they need to function properly. Guess what one of those organs is? That's right: the penis. So having a properly-oxygenated penis is crucial. Causes There can be any number of causes of anemia, such as: - Not enough iron. This is the one that most people associate with anemia - iron deficiency. Hemoglobin is made in the bone marrow, and one of the big components in making hemoglobin is iron. So when there's not enough iron, there's not enough hemoglobin and therefore not enough oxygen getting taken around the body - and thus there's anemia. - Not enough vitamins. Red blood cells also need a certain level of vitamin B12 and of folate in order to function properly. When a body doesn't get enough of these two ingredients, it produces fewer red blood cells - which means there are fewer "taxis" available to take the oxygen around the body. - Not enough blood. Iron deficiency and vitamin deficiency are kind "invisible" causes of anemia; loss of blood is present obvious. When a person loses blood - through a bad car accident, say - they are anemic until such time as they are able to replace the blood (usually through a blood transfusion). Because of the acute nature of this cause, it's not typically associated with erect penis issues; most people who have lost a few pints of blood aren't going to be in the mood for sex at the moment. (Of course, there are exceptions!) - Hemolysis. Hemolysis refers to the destruction of red blood cells. This occurs naturally, usually when a red blood cell has reached the end of its useful life. In some people, however, the rate of red blood cell destruction can be too fast. - Diseases and disorders. Many conditions, such as leukemia, kidney disease, aplastic anemia and sickle cell, can bring about an anemic state. Erect penis affect How might anemia affect an erect penis? Because a successful erection depends upon a rapid influx of oxygen-rich blood, the lack of sufficient oxygen can lead to a difficulty obtaining or maintaining an erection. This is relatively rare; more common is for a man with anemia to produce an erect penis, but for the erection to not feel as "full" or as "strong," due to the lack of oxygen. It is also possible that, owing to the fatigue associated with anemia, an anemic man might have less stamina, making him less capable of enduring the exertion associated with vigorous sexual activity. Working with a doctor to determine the cause of one's anemia and the proper course of treatment is crucial for overall health, as well as for the specific health of the penis. Anemia can be an enemy of an erect penis, so it's vital that the organ's global health be well maintained. Using a superior penis health cr me (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) is strongly advised. L-arginine is an enzyme that helps produce nitric oxide, which in turns keeps penis blood vessels relaxed and receptive to adequate blood flow, allowing more oxygen to reach the penis. Therefore, a cr me that contains this ingredient, along with vitamin C, is a good choice. Why vitamin C? Because of its role in collagen production and in promoting proper penile tissue firmness, by its role as a structural component of blood vessels.
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Popular Questions & Answers

Suffering from iron deficiency anemia, please advise best medicine and preventive steps.

Dr. Sandhya Krishnamurthy 93% (10138 ratings)
BAMS
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Hi, Take cap. Sanger 1cap twice a day. Consume lot of green vegetables like palace, methi, beetroot, drumsticks, ladies finger, potatoes, etc which are rich in iron and fruits like Apple, pomegranate, kiwi, cherry, dry dates, dry Grapes, orange, musambi, etc.
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I'm having low Iron content. TIBC & Transferrin saturation % are within normal limits. What shall I do?

Dr. Sandhya Krishnamurthy 93% (10138 ratings)
BAMS
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Hi, Please follow these tips to overcome anaemia: - Consume plenty of green leafy vegetables like spinach, methi, broccoli, beetroot, drumsticks, brinjal, carrot, tomatoes, etc. - Consume fruits like apple, pomegranate, dry fruits like dry grapes, dates, fig, almonds, walnuts, pista, etc. as it contains lot of proteins and vitamins. - Intake of citrus fruits like oranges, musambi helps to increase the absorption of iron as it contains vit.C. - Take iron supplements like cap. Sangfer 1 cap twice daily for 2-3 months continuously.

Me and my spouse are thalassemia minor Our one daughter is also thalassemia minor, We lost our one daughter, she was thalassemia major. Now we are planning for third issue, Both the delivery were sizer operation, So wat are the precautions or pre steps to be known about thalassemia in third issue.

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As you both are thalassemia minor pt and have lost a child to thalassemia major, your wife should undergo chorionic villus sampling test at 10-12 weeks of pregnancy. This is an invasive test in which tissue from placenta is taken and fetal DNA analysis done. If the fetus is having thalassemia minor you can continue the pregnancy, if major you should terminate the pregnancy.
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I had passed through angioplasty before 4 months my age is 50 years. I had double vessel disease. Now I want to ask that for how much long it is advisable for me to take medicines? Specially blood thiner medicine?

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After angioplasty cardiologists advise medication for life long .Any change can be made by asking your doctor only
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I am a 27 years old girl. I suffer from anemia. Due to anemia sufferer I am in dilemma of whether should I consume green tea on daily basis or not? If yes what is the best time to have it? Does it effect iron absorption in body? Please suggest.

Dr. Ankur Mittal 88% (23 ratings)
MBBS, MD, FICH
Hematologist, Ludhiana
Ya tea effects iron absorption, but before worrying about this you have to find out the cause of anemia, is it because of iron deficiency or something else. Tea and milk both effects absorption, its better to take tea and iron supplements at different times.
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