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Did you know that the reason for the Anemia can be different from iron deficiency? Here is what can be a reason as well.

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anemia is more than just iron deficiency

Anemia Is More than Just Iron Deficiency

What is Anemia?

“Anemia occurs when you do not have enough red blood cells or when your red blood cells do not function properly,” reports the American Society of Hematology. “Red blood cells carry hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein that attaches to oxygen in the lungs and carries it to tissues throughout the body.”



what causes anemia

What Causes Anemia?

There are many different types of anemia, but so many people associate anemia with iron deficiency. Vitamin-deficiency anemia may result from low levels of vitamin B12 or B9 (also known as folate or folic acid) in your body. It is usually due to poor dietary intake. When you have low intake of these vitamins, your red blood cells may become too large.

Vitamin B9

who is at risk for vitamin deficiency anemia

Who is at Risk for Vitamin Deficiency Anemia?

• Excessive alcohol consumers.

Alcohol may deplete the body of B vitamins, which may lead to larger red blood cells. In general, excessive alcohol consumption depletes the body of essential nutrients.

• Medication takers.

Certain medications, like those used to control seizures, may deplete the body of vitamins and other nutrients. Long time use of proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are sometimes used to treat acid reflux and heartburn, may also cause your body to have difficulty absorbing B12.

• Unhealthy Eaters.

Eating healthy is not just about avoiding junk food. It is also about making sure that your body gets adequate amounts of all the six essential nutrients: water, protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.

preventing vitamin deficiency anemia

Preventing Vitamin-deficiency Anemia

• Test, don’t guess. Sometimes even if you limit your alcohol consumption and eat nutrient-rich foods, you still may have nutritional imbalances. This may be due to older age, existing health conditions or medication use.

• It is important to get a comprehensive nutrient test at least once a year.

• If you discover you have an imbalance, you can work with a competent healthcare professional to tweak your diet, take good quality supplements or use liposomal technology where appropriate.

• You may also want to consider being screened specifically for vitamin B12 deficiency.

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