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What is it?
Illnesses that involve a lack of the oxygen carrying substance haemoglobin in the blood. Anaemia can be caused by loss of blood or an inability to produce enough red blood cells.
Symptoms include dizziness, tiredness, headaches, insomnia, shortness of breath paleness, disturbances of vision, swollen ankles, loss of appetite, palpitations and in older people, chest pains
Main types of anaemia are iron deficiency, pernicious, megaloblastic and sickle cell.
Iron deficiency anaemia, the commonest form, results from, a shortage of iron, through poor diet, blood loss, illness or infection. Pregnant women are particularly at risk. Pernicious anaemia develops when a lack of a stomach enzyme called the intrinsic factor prevents the body from absorbing enough vitamin B12.
Megaloblastic anaemia arises from a shortage of folic acid, which is found in liver and fresh vegetables. Pregnant women and elderly people are most affected.
Sickle cell anaemia is an inherited blood disorder found among some people of African and Middle Eastern descent. Symptoms appear in childhood and include yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice), fever and weakness after physical exertion. Always consult a doctor if you suspect anaemia.
Dizziness, tiredness, headaches, shortness of breath, paleness, disturbance of vision, loss of appetite.
The underlying cause of the anaemia must always be properly diagnosed by a doctor beforehand.
Doctors agree that taking supplements such as iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid and eating foods rich in these nutrients will help many people with anaemia.
Sickle cell anaemia cannot be cured but regular blood transfusions can keep it under control.
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