The Types of Anemia

There are many different types of anemia but they basically cause the same problem. Anemia is a condition characterized by a low level of good hemoglobin in the blood. People with anemia may also experience heart disease problems, some types of cancer, high blood pressure and other diseases.

The types of this condition have a wide variety of causes. Some are caused by nutritional deficiency while others are caused by a diminished development of the red blood cell precursors. The destruction of the red blood cells can also be one of the possible origins to this problem.

Among the many different types of anemia the most common is the iron deficiency one.

Pregnant women are specifically more susceptible to suffer this type of illness. A woman in gestation stages will require a greater dosage of iron compared to a man or a non pregnant woman. The mother will need enough iron for the baby and her own blood cells. A rich in iron diet is probably good enough to avoid problems for an average woman but in the case of being pregnant iron supplements could also be necessary. Iron supplements can be very helpful for vegetarians that are also lacking enough iron from their diets.

Another type of anemia is the one for lacking enough vitamin B1.

Normally people consume enough of this vitamin to prevent this condition. The problem occurs when the body is unable to absorb it in the body. Nutrients are absorbed in the intestines so gastrointestinal problems are the ones that may cause that.

Folic acid is also a very important nutrient for the formation of blood cells and a healthy nervous system. The lack of it during pregnancy can cause birth defects.

The consumption of green leafy vegetables can increase the folic acid levels in the body preventing this type of anemia.

Types of Anemia:

- The sickle cell anemia is one of the most serious anemia. This disease is hereditary and is more common in Africans and their descendants. The red sickle cells or drepanocytes are formed in the blood stream instead the regular shaped blood cells. This type of cell breaks down way faster than the normal cells creating a serious blood cell supply problem.

- The aplastic anemia is a very uncommon and dangerous type. A person suffering from this is unable to produce the necessary red and white cells for the body to function properly. The main causes for this are radiation and toxic chemicals.

- The thalassemia is a genetic disorder that affects the production of hemoglobin in the blood. A person with this condition is quite likely to produce a very small amount of hemoglobin.

Treating this condition will often require frequent blood transfusions and bone marrow transplants.


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