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How to Treat Anemia

Friday, 10 Jun 2011 03:31 PM

Anemia treatment varies according to the kinds of anemia, causes, and severity. It aims at increasing the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood by improving the red blood cell count or the hemoglobin level. Alleviating symptoms of anemia such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating, breathlessness, and palpitation is also the goal of anemia treatment. Supplements for anemia are available to improve the RBC count along with energy levels and vitality. Anemia drugs should be taken in consultation with a physician.

Here are some facts about anemia and ways to treat anemia:
  • A vitamin or mineral (especially iron) deficiency may lead to the most common types of anemia. Inadequate nutrient intake, poor lifestyle, and certain diseases result in nutritional deficiencies.
  • Iron is needed to manufacture hemoglobin and must be provided through dietary and supplemental sources. Rich sources of iron include dark green leafy vegetables, egg yolk, organ meats (liver and kidney), nuts, soybean, and sprouted beans.
  • A type of treatment called pernicious anemia treatment involves adding optimum vitamin B12 and folic acid to the diet. Good sources are fortified cereals, eggs, bananas, wheat germ, and dried beans.
  • Absorption of iron improves with intake of vitamin C rich foods such as citrus fruits, greens, and peppers.
  • Iron and vitamin supplements are prescribed to treat anemia.
  •  In some patients diagnosing and treating underlying causes of anemia is an important step to treat anemia.
  • Red blood cell transfusion, surgeries, and injections may also be recommended in certain cases to treat anemia.
For more information on anemia, see below:

How Iron can Change Your Life

Top 5 Signs of Iron Deficiency

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