What is anemia?
Anemia is a fall in hemoglobin. Nutritional anemia is the most common cause of anemia in Indian women.
Haemoglobin, the component in red blood cells that helps blood carry oxygen throughout the body, is made up of iron, a mineral found in the human body. If you don’t get enough iron, your body won’t be able to produce haemoglobin, and you’ll get anemia. Fortunately, anemia can be cured by consuming specific foods.
What exactly is iron?
In the human body, iron is a mineral. It is a component of hemoglobin, a molecule found in red blood cells that aids in the transport of oxygen throughout the body.
Your body can’t manufacture hemoglobin if you don’t have enough iron. If this happens, you could get anemia, a condition caused by a lack of hemoglobin in the blood. When you have anemia, you are considered to be anemic.
Anemia can be caused by a variety of factors. The most frequent type of anemia is iron deficiency nutritional anemia. Anyone can get iron deficiency anemia, although the following people are at a higher risk:
Iron-deficiency anemia, the most prevalent type of anemia, is defined as a decrease in the number of red blood cells caused by a lack of iron. Your body can’t manufacture enough hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that allows them to deliver oxygen to the body’s tissues if you don’t get enough iron. You may feel weak, exhausted, and irritable as a result. For women, such things happen during childbirth and menstruation.
People over the age of 65 are more prone to having iron-deficient diets
Especially those taking blood thinners such as aspirin, Plavix®, Coumadin®, or heparin.
People with kidney failure (especially those on dialysis) have a hard time producing red blood cells.
In elderly people causes of iron deficiency anemia are:
- Blood loss
- Renal Failure