Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Anemia

I have to have my iron level checked again in a few weeks, but for now it's fine. Not 100% sure what it is though, because the doctor's receptionist just called to tell me when the doctor wanted it checked again, and she'd said, "bye," and put the phone down before I could ask what the level was. I meant to call and ask, but I haven't had a chance. Will let you know when I find out... Possibly tomorrow? Not today, that's for sure, because you can only call in the afternoons for test results, and the surgery isn't open on Wednesday afternoons.


Anyway, for anyone interested....
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"The most common variety of anaemia throughout the world is the iron-deficiency anaemia. It mostly affects women in their reproductive years, infants and children.

Anaemia occurs when there is too little iron stored in the body. Young children and adults may not get enough absorbable iron in the foods they eat, which can lead to anaemia. The digestive system may not be able to absorb enough iron, or a person may become anaemic through excessive loss of blood; this can affect women with heavy menstrual periods, and people with stomach or duodenal ulcers, haemorrhoids or piles, or even hookworm infection.

Iron intake may be adequate in a diet consisting of cereals as a staple; the problem is that usually only 10 percent of the ingested iron is absorbed. This is because, the cereals, besides having a high iron content are also rich in phytates, which inhibit iron absorption. This problem is corrected by increasing the calcium content of the diet, by eating curds (or any other milk product) with the meals. Eating betel leaf Cpaan) with lime (choana) after a meal also helps in providing calcium. Insufficient intake of vitamin C is also a factor in the poor absorption of iron by the body. The age-old practice of squeezing lemon (nimbu) juice on the food and salads is a way of correcting this problem and thus enhancing the iron absorption."

"Diet

* Make sure you include plenty of green, leafy vegetables in your diet: cooked, raw as salads or chutneys.
* Iron-fortified foods, like many breakfast cereals, can also boost iron reserves.
* Avoid caffeinated drinks coffee, tea, and colas during meals because they interfere with iron absorption.
* If you are a woman with heavy periods. or if you are pregnant, talk to your doctor about taking an iron supplement.
* Use an iron pot or karahi when cooking. Some iron from the pot will be incorporated into the food that is being cooked in it."

(Above information taken from this site where you can read the entire article, if you wish to do so).

3 comments:

AliceKay said...

My maternal grandmother had pernicious anemia and had to have B-12 shots on a regular basis. I hope your iron level continues to improve so you'll feel much better. *hugs*

Deanna said...

Keep those iron levels up! That was interesting information on iron deficiency. I didn't know most of it.

Intense Guy said...

Hope you keep the levels up!

Sounds like you are really, really trying and that great! :)