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SUFFERING FROM ANEMIA? HERE  IS HOW  TO BOOST YOUR BLOOD LEVEL!

WHAT IS ANEMIA?

Anaemia is defined as a low haemoglobin concentration for a person’s age and gender. The three main types of anaemia are iron-deficiency anaemia, pernicious anaemia and sickle cell disease anaemia.

COMMON CONDITIONS THAT CAN LEAD TO  ANEMIA

  • Vitamin deficiency:  Iron, Folic acid and  B12 deficiency
  •  Bleeding: Heavy menstrual periods,
  • Cancer – eg  Leukaemia 
  • Malaria
  •  Sickle cell disease
  • Autoimmune diseases 
  • Bone marrow failure
  • Chronic diseases such as  kidney disease, Tuberculosis etc 

COMMON FOODS RICH  IN IRON 

1. Liver 

2. Meat – Red meats (beef, lamb, pork). The redder the meat, the higher it is in iron.

3. whole grain cereals

4.Fish

5. Green leafy vegetables

6. Nuts and pulses

SIGNS OF ANEMIA 

  • Palms that are pale
  • Fatigue 
  • Skin that is pale or yellowish
  • Heartbeat irregularities
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Chest discomfort Cold hands and feet
  • Headaches

HOW IS ANEMIA TREATED?

 If you suffer from anemia, there are three major  vitamins that  are essential in treating Anemia which includes 

  •  Iron 
  • Folic acid
  •  Vitamin b12

Others includes copper and vitamin A, Vitamin C etc

It’s important to remember that one-size-fits-all supplementation doesn’t exist; each person needs different amounts of certain vitamins and minerals based on their age, gender, lifestyle habits and individual needs.

WHEN TO TALK TO A PHARMACIST 

There are many causes of fatigue other than anemia, so don’t assume that if you’re tired, you’re anemic.  Book an Appointment With A Pharmacist  Talking to a pharmacist  can make specific dietary recommendations based on your lifestyle. They may also recommend supplements, such as an iron supplement or a high-iron multivitamin. In any case, don’t forget to mention any health issues you’re experiencing, as these may also contribute to low iron levels. It is always preferable to address any shortcomings before they become too serious!

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