The medical condition of anemia is often referred to as iron deficiency anemia. Mild iron deficiency do not cause much concerns, but signs of anemic condition are fatigue, breathlessness and unusually pale skin.
Another name for anemia is Iron Deficieny. There are several causes of anemia. Anemia is not a single disease but is a term used to denote a group of certain medical conditions in which the red blood cell count or hemoglobin is decreased that affects oxygen delivery to the tissues. Besides the decrease in red blood cell count or hemoglobin the shape of red blood cells (that is poor or malformed cells) can also lead to anemia and affect oxygen delivery to the tissues.
The term anemia if not specified denotes iron deficiency anemia or anemia is another name for iron deficiency anemia.
Iron deficiency is the commonest cause or type of anemia on a worldwide basis. Iron is an element in your body which helps in formation of hemoglobin. When iron is deficient enough hemoglobin for red blood cells is not formed.
Anemia develops slowly after the normal iron stores in the body are used so treatment of iron deficiency anemia is also for a long time. Your doctor will recommend eating iron rich diet and supplements for a few months (6-12) as this time period is required to correct anemia and replenish the body's iron stores in the bone marrow. Some foods rich in iron are
- Eggs (yolk)
- Legumes (peas and beans)
- Meats (liver is the highest source)
- Whole-grain bread
Prognosis of iron deficiency anemia with treatment is likely to be good.
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