Anemia is a condition in which the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood is reduced, that develops when blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells. Oxygen is transported around the body by the iron-containing pigment haemoglobin in the bloods erythrocytes(red blood cells), these cells are the main transporters of oxygen to organs. If red blood cells are also deficient in hemoglobin, then the body is not getting enough iron. Anaemia can result from insufficient or abnormal haemoglobin in the red cell or inadequate or abnormal red cells in the circulating blood.
Symptoms of anemia, like fatigue occur because organs aren’t getting enough oxygen.
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One may be able to fight off anemia by diet itself that includes beans and dark leafy greens(foods rich in iron, vitamin B12; Calcium can interfere with absorption of iron, so if one has to take iron and calcium supplements,take iron in morning and calcium in evening; most of the pregnant women develop anemia.
Anemia is a condition in which you don’t make enough red blood cells or those cells don’t have enough hemoglobin,a protein that carries oxygen from lungs to rest of body. Iron deficiency is the most common cause,but some people with anemia get plenty of iron and don’t absorb it properly. A lack of folic acid or vitamin B12 can also prevent the body from making enough red blood cells and lead to anemia. In sickle-cell anemia,an inherited condition,red blood cells are misshapen and unable to move through the body.
Certain forms of anemia are hereditary and infants may be affected from the time of birth.
Women in the childbearing years are particularly susceptible to a form of anemia called iron-deficiency anemia because of the blood loss from menstruation and the increased blood supply demands during pregnancy.
Seniors also may have a greater risk of developing anemia because of poor diet and other medical conditions.
Iron-deficiency anemia, the most common type, is very treatable with diet changes. Some forms of anemia like the anemia that develops during pregnancy-are even considered normal.
Who’s at risk? If one don’t eat enough iron-rich foods or have heavy periods, ulcers, are pregnant or recently had surgery, there are chances to develop it. People who are undergoing radiation or chemotherapy or battling an infection are also at risk.
Why is it dangerous? As body is not getting enough oxygen and if left untreated, this can damage heart and other organs. Anemia can also cause fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, pale skin and concentration problems. It may not have noticeable symptoms,that is why it is often observed unexpectedly during blood tests looking for other conditions. It’s diagnosed with a simple blood test called a complete blood count, or CBC. Some rare forms of anemia may be best treated with a bone marrow transplant.
The blood loss – red blood cells can be lost through bleeding, which can occur slowly over a long period of time, and can often go undetected. This kind of chronic bleeding commonly results from the following : Gastrointestinal conditions such as peptic ulcers, hemorrhoids, gastritis (inflammation of the stomach) and cancer. Use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as aspirin.
It is caused by decreased or faulty red blood cell production — The body may produce too few blood cells or the blood cells may not work properly. In either case, anemia can result. Red blood cells may be faulty or decreased due to abnormal red blood cells or the lack of minerals and vitamins needed for red blood cells to work properly. Conditions associated with these causes of anemia include the following: Sickle cell anemia – is an inherited disorder. Red blood cells become crescent-shaped because of a genetic defect. They break down rapidly, so oxygen does not get to the body’s organs, causing anemia. The crescent-shaped red blood cells also get stuck in tiny blood vessels, causing pain.
Iron deficiency anemia-occurs because of a lack of the mineral iron in the body. Bone marrow in the center of the bone needs iron to make hemoglobin, the part of the red blood cell that transports oxygen to the body’s organs. Without adequate iron, the body cannot produce enough hemoglobin for red blood cells. The result is iron deficiency anemia. Iron deficiency anemia can be caused by the following: An iron-poor diet, especially in infants, children, teens and vegetarians. The metabolic demands of pregnancy and breastfeeding that deplete a woman’s iron stores. Menstruation. Frequent blood donation. Endurance training. Digestive conditions such as Crohn’s disease or surgical removal of part of the stomach or small intestine. Certain drugs, foods, and caffeinated drinks.
Vitamin deficiency when vitamin B-12 and folate are deficient. These two vitamins are needed to make red blood cells. Conditions leading to anemia caused by vitamin deficiency include the following: Megaloblastic anemia: Vitamin B-12 or folate or both are deficient. Pernicious anemia: Poor vitamin B-12 absorption caused by conditions such as Crohn’s disease, an intestinal parasite infection, surgical removal of part of the stomach or intestine, or infection with HIV. Dietary deficiency: Eating little or no may cause a lack vitamin B12, while overcooking or eating too few vegetables may cause a folate deficiency. Other causes of vitamin deficiency: pregnancy, certain medications, alcohol abuse, intestinal diseases such as tropical sprue and gluten-sensitive enteropathy (celiac disease). During early pregnancy, sufficient folic acid can prevent the fetus from developing neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Bone marrow and stem cell problems may prevent the body from producing enough red blood cells. Some of the stem cells found in bone marrow develop into red blood cells. If stem cells are too few, defective, or replaced by other cells such as metastatic cancer cells, anemia may result. Anemia resulting from bone marrow or stem cell problems include the following: Aplastic anemia occurs when there’s a marked reduction in the number of stem cells or absence of these cells. Aplastic anemia can be inherited, can occur without apparent cause, or can occur when the bone marrow is injured by medications, radiation, chemotherapy, or infection.
Thalassemia occurs when the red cells can’t mature and grow properly. It is an inherited condition. This condition can range in severity from mild to life-threatening; the most severe form is called Cooley’s anemia. Lead exposure is toxic to the bone marrow, leading to fewer red blood cells. Lead poisoning occurs in adults from work-related exposure and in children who eat paint chips. Improperly glazed pottery can also taint food and liquids with lead.
Conditions causing this type of anemia include the following: Advanced kidney disease. Hypothyroidism. Other chronic diseases include cancer, infection, and autoimmune disorders such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Anemia Caused by Destruction of Red Blood Cells When red blood cells are fragile and cannot withstand the routine stress of the circulatory system, they may rupture prematurely, causing hemolytic anemia. Hemolytic anemia is usually associated with jaundice, yellow discoloration of skin and other tissues. Sometimes there is no known cause (spontaneous). Known causes of hemolytic anemia may include any of the following: Inherited conditions, such as sickle cell anemia and thalassemia. Stressors such as infections, drugs, spider venom, or certain foods. Toxins from advanced liver or kidney disease. Inappropriate attack by the immune system(called hemolytic disease of the newborn when it occurs in the fetus of a pregnant woman). Vascular grafts, prosthetic heart valves, tumors, severe burns, chemical exposure, severe hypertension, and clotting disorders. In rare cases, an enlarged spleen can trap red blood cells and destroy them before their circulating time is up.
Acupuncture SuJok, itself is a powerful medicine, which aids in strengthening the immune system and serves to prevent diseases, control pain and increase both the ability to function and the quality of peoples lives. Acupuncture has been shown to promote the health and improve the body’s immune function. It has also helped many people who were not successfully treated through conventional western medicine. Several conditions can be dramatically improved or remedied in full including Anemia. It is a traditionally accomplished through insertion of very fine needles at the certain energy gates, joints of affected organs or energy flow therapy of SuJok located in miniature form of hands and feet’s. Its energy concept of treatment on the palm will be chosen for overall well being with the objective of increasing circulation of the blood and vital energy. The course of treatment is definitely uneventful!
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