Iron Deficiency Anemia

Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia in humans, the most common cause of anemia. Iron is an essential building block of hemoglobin and in case of deficiencies, this can therefore not be made ​​sufficiently. In iron deficiency anemia also occurs, characterized by smaller (microcytosis), paler than normal red blood cells, which varied in size (anisocytosis). Also, the steel stock, which can be measured by determining the amount of ferritin in the blood will be low.

For example, by blood loss during menstruation is a lot of iron lost. This form of anemia is also common in women of childbearing age. This can be treated by consuming such meat (especially liver), egg yolk, fish (especially salmon), dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole wheat bread, tomatoes and carrots. Ferruginous food With prolonged periods strong iron will have to be co-administered in tablet form. (Steel pills) By adding vitamin C to eat iron absorption is enhanced in blood. Vitamin C is found mainly in fresh fruits (raspberries, grapes, blackberries, pears, apples) or freshly squeezed orange juice.

 Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia in humans Iron Deficiency Anemia

If the cause of iron deficiency anemia is not clear beforehand (for example, heavy periods) should be, for example, an intestinal tumor in which the patient daily unnoticed a few ml of blood loss to exclude. Done further research Another, even more common, diagnosing unexplained anemia, malabsorption from celiac disease. When people from the Mediterranean region and Africa are hemoglobinopathies much more than people from, for example Western Europe. This is probably a result of selection pressure from malaria that expires often less severe in a hemoglobinopathy.

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