Common causes for Iron deficiency anemia are:
These groups of people may be at higher risk:
In healthy men and postmenopausal women, iron deficiency usually points to bleeding somewhere in the gastrointestinal tract.
Donating blood â€" a source of blood loss â€" usually isn't a common risk factor for iron deficiency anemia. However, some people first learn their hemoglobin is low, which indicates anemia, when they go to donate blood. Low hemoglobin may be a temporary problem remedied by eating more iron-rich foods. It may also be a warning sign of blood loss in your body. If you're told that you can't donate blood because of low hemoglobin, ask your doctor whether you should be concerned.
Complications of Iron Deficiency Anemia:
Mild iron deficiency anemia usually doesn't cause complications. However, left untreated, iron deficiency anemia can become severe and lead to health problems, including the following:
We can help prevent iron deficiency anemia by eating foods rich in iron, as part of a balanced diet. Eating plenty of iron-containing foods is particularly important for people who have higher iron requirements, such as children and menstruating or pregnant women. Foods rich in iron include red meat, seafood, poultry and eggs. Meat sources of iron are easily absorbed by your body. Plant-based foods also are good sources of iron, although they're less easily absorbed. Among the best are iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas. Beans and peas, dark green leafy vegetables â€" such as spinach â€" and raisins, nuts, and seeds also contain iron. We can enhance the body's absorption of iron by drinking citrus juice when we eat an iron-containing food. Vitamin C in citrus juices, like orange juice, enhances our bodyâ€™s ability to absorb dietary iron from animals and plants.
Homeopathy plays a vital role in the treatment of iron deficiency anemia. With homeopathic remedies we can treat the underlying cause of iron deficiency anemia like poor absorption, hemorrhagic conditions leading to iron deficiency anemia. Good nutritional support with homeopathic medicines gives good results. Apart from curing anemia, other condition prevalent along with anemia is also treated with homeopathic constitutional approach. Hence patient achieves total health by a complete approach.