Doctors described anemia as the medical condition caused by an abnormally low number of red blood cells. They noted that red blood cells contain hemoglobin, a red, iron-rich protein that carries oxygen in the blood to the body's tissues. Medical doctors revealed that there are one hundred types of anemia; iron-deficiency anemia is the most common type. In this type, the iron level is low that impair the body's ability to produce hemoglobin, a primary component of red blood cells.
Another type of anemia is pernicious anemia, described by doctors as a chronic ailment that mostly people over forty suffered due to vitamin B12 deficiency. Next is aplastic anemia, where the bone marrow becomes injured or disease. It may result from a viral infection, cancer, exposure to toxic chemicals, including arsenic, benzene and some cancer medications.
Among the symptoms caused by the poor delivery of oxygen to their body tissues includes: Shortness of breath, pale skin, rapid heart beat, dizziness and low vitality.
Anemia Treatment. The lack of iron in the diet is a major cause of iron-deficiency anemia. Among pregnant women the condition is very common . It increases the risk of premature birth and low birth weight in babies. Lost of appetite, weakness, paleness and shortness of breath are among it's major symptoms. Researchers at Rutgers University revealed that people can greatly increase their iron intake by eating cooked vegetables. Researchers tested a total of forty-eight vegetables and they have noticed that when vegetables are boiled, steamed or stir-fried, their iron content is then easily absorbed by the body. The team also found out that in some vegetables, cooking instead of raw increases the availability of nutrients. Cabbage for instance are naturally low in iron; when cooked the available iron content in it jumps from less than seven percent to more than twenty six percent according to researchers. Another is tomato, they found out that it is rich in iron. When it was cooked the iron was increase from 24.5 percents to 33.8 percents. Further study revealed that cooked vegetables should be eaten immediately since, when refrigerated overnight, there is the dramatic reduction in their available iron content.
In some cases, when symptoms persist, additional medications that boost red blood cells maybe necessary to avoid life-threatening conditions. For instance, doctors prescribe iron pills to treat iron-deficiency anemia. To treat pernicious anemia, injections of vitamin B12 is being done.
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