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Anaemia / Anemia

Western Diagnosis

Anaemia, more commonly known as anemia, is a condition which results in a reduction of either the number of red blood cells or the amount of hemoglobin in the blood. This causes a decrease in the amount of oxygen that the blood is able to carry.

Because the cells have less oxygen available to them, they have less energy to perform their normal functions and important processes such as cell building and repair and muscular activity slows down.

The causes of anaemia are anything resulting in a lack of formation or production of red blood cells, or that results in the rapid destruction of red blood cells. This includes: bone marrow disease, chronic inflammation in the body, dietary deficiencies (especially folic acid, iron, and Vitamins B6 and B12), diverticular disease, drug use, heavy menstrual bleeding, hemorrhoids, hormonal disorders, infections, peptic ulcers, repeated pregnancies, rheumatoid arthritis, sickle cell disease, surgery and thyroid disorders.

The most common cause of anaemia, however, is iron deficiency. Iron is an important factor in anaemia because it is used to make hemoglobin, the part of red blood cells that attach to the oxygen and transport it. The sole purpose of red blood cells is to provide oxygen to the body, but they can only live for about 120 days before they need to be replenished. If the supply of iron is depleted in the body, the formation of red blood cells is impaired.

Anemia can produce such symptoms as: appetite loss, constipation, headaches and irritability.



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