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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Feeling Tired and Weak? You Could Be Anemic

Tired Black Woman

Anemia is a health disorder that causes fatigue, weakness, dizziness, headaches, even loss of feeling in the hands and feet. It affects 10 percent or more of adolescent and adult women under 49 years of age. African American women are twice as likely as white women to get it. Anemia is caused by a deficiency of iron in the body.

Anemia develops when your body does not produce enough red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body. As a result, the heart has to work harder to get oxygen to other organs. This can lead to an abnormal heart beat as well as other cardiac-related symptoms. Anemia often occurs among pregnant women, women who have heavy menstrual periods, and people with kidney disease. But it can also be caused by a diet that is too low in iron.

A cure could be as simple as changing your diet. Foods rich in iron, folate, or vitamin B12 are what help make red blood cells.

Here are some food suggestions:

Iron - Red meat, eggs (especially the yolks), beans, lentils, dark leafy greens like spinach, dried fruit, and cereals and grains that are enriched with iron.

Folate - Leafy green vegetables, fruits, dried beans, peas, and breads, pastas, and cereals with folic acid.

Vitamin B12 - Animal-based foods, shellfish, liver, low-fat diary, soy products, eggs, cheese, and fortified breakfast cereals.

If changing your diet does not produce results, be sure to check with your doctor to determine if your anemia is caused by another chronic disease.
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