Anti aging guide

What is Anemia



Anemia is an age-related disease which will cause hair and nails to be brittle due to iron deficiency

Anemia is usually caused by iron deficiency (which may also cause the nails and hair to be brittle), but there are many other causes. The result may be:

  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Paleness of the inside of the eyelids
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite

One cause of anemia is persistent blood loss, as in heavy menstrual periods or chronic bleeding from the stomach or bowels. The risk of bleeding from the stomach in older people can be reduced by exercising. Brisk walking three times a week was proven to reduce the risk of bleeding in a study of 8,000 patients aged over 67 years. Very vigorous exercise does not have any added benefits.

Conventional doctors aim to find and correct the exact cause of the anemia. It may then be necessary for the patient to take iron supplements in tablet or injection form, or other supplements such as vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin C and zinc.

Perhaps the only complementary treatment for anemia is nutritional therapy. If the anemia is mild, it may be enough to treat it by eating food with a high iron content instead of taking pills, though check with your doctor first. Food high in iron includes:

  • Red meat
  • Beans
  • Brewer’s yeast such as Vegemite/Marmite
  • Soy
  • Dandelion, watercress and parsley (these can be used in salads or in the diet in general)
Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm