6 Dangerous reasons why we might have iron deficiency or anemia
Have you ever had a feeling of tiredness even when you didn’t do much in the day? Or an extreme thirst that just won’t go away no matter how much water you drink? Do you ever feel so weak and dizzy to the point of almost passing out? If your answer to all of these questions is yes, then you might be suffering from a sickness without even knowing it. You may not be aware, but perhaps you are experiencing Iron Deficiency Anemia. A kind of sickness which happens when a person lacks the production of hemoglobin in the RBC or Red Blood Cells.
Our blood has three main components, each with their own purpose. The first one is the platelets which helps in blood clotting. The second one is the WBC or the White Blood Cells, which helps the immune system to fight bacteria and protects our body from sickness. The last is the RBC or Red Blood Cells. This component of the blood carries oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body. Thus, if a person lacks in the production of RBC, then naturally his/her body will weaken as there will be less nutrients are being supplied to the body organs.
There are several reasons why a person’s level of RBC may drop. First, it may be because of blood loss, probably caused by an accident. Blood loss is also associated with menstruation in the case of women. As the monthly “bleeding” of women, more blood will be flush out of the body, especially when it’s a heavy menstruation. This may cause an insufficiency of RBC. Another thing that may cause a poor level of RBC is not eating enough food that are rich in iron. Iron is a nutrient that boosts the production of RBC, hence the opposite will happen if you eat less iron-rich foods.
Iron Deficiency Anemia is very common, affecting about 1.6 billion people worldwide, mostly women. This is especially because of the monthly period being experienced by every lady. Thus, it is important to eat foods that are rich in iron when you’re in your period to avoid feeling weak and dizzy because of insufficient RBC and hemoglobin. Low iron intake means low level of hemoglobin, and thus anemia may occur to you. If you are suffering from such sickness, you may experience a wide range of difficulties like having shortness of breath, weakness, heart palpitations, and if worse comes to worst, one may also experience passing out.
But those are not the only ones which can cause anemia, there are still other factors relating to it. So prepare your open and paper and get ready to list these things down. You don’t want to experience having anemia because you’ll feel really weak like it’s impossible to even lift a finger. So it won’t happen to you, take note of the following. First, we learned that Iron Deficiency Anemia often happens to women because of their monthly period. But it’s not just about a normal 4-5 days menstruation, I’m talking about menstrual disorders when there are more blood being released than what a woman usually does.
Menstrual disorders like menorrhagia or heavy menstruation often lead to anemia. It was already mentioned that blood loss is one factor of anemia, and this disorder is kind of like the same thing. Although monthly period is normal, it becomes dangerous when it happens for a long time and too much blood where flush out of the body. A prolonged and abnormal bleeding cycle is very dangerous that’s why when you’re in your period, it is important to eat foods that are rich in iron. You can also try to consult your doctor to know if you can take medicines containing iron when it’s the time of the month.
But these period stops when a woman is pregnant. Does that mean she’s already anemia-free? The answer is a big NO. In fact, a pregnant woman is even more at risk to experiencing anemia that a normal girl having her monthly period. Because if one is pregnant, you need more, if not twice as much as the iron you need as a single person. But now that there is life inside of you, you’ll need an excessive amount of iron in order to nourish the growth of your child as well as to support yourself. Thus it is advisable to talk to your doctor if you could be prescribed with the right medications, and to eat iron-rich foods.
Another factor that could trigger blood loss, hence low levels of hemoglobin in the RBC, is hemorrhage or internal bleeding. It is no secret that internal bleeding is very dangerous that can even cost a person his life, but do you know that if a person survives this, he can suffer from anemia? Blood loss from inflammation of the colon and Crohn’s disease often leads to anemia. Aside from that, chronic blood loss from different conditions like stomach ulcers and colon cancer, as well ad food poisoning and even blood in stool, can make a person experience the symptoms of anemia.
Next on our list is not eating healthy or having a n improper diet. If you already ha e deficiency in iron, the only way to solve it is to eat lots of food that is rich in iron. You can also take supplements but still the best way is through eating because this is very natural. Iron is important for the development of our body so it’s also essential that we don’t lack this nutrient. Especially for pregnant women that needs excessive amounts of iron, it is recommended to eat foods like green, leafy vegetables, meat, eggs, and other iron-rich foods.
Lastly, there is a rare condition wherein a person can’t absorb iron very well. The body’s inability to absorb this nutrient will make a person go anemic. This is because the lining of the small intestine got affected by something, thus the digestion process was disrupted. When the digestion process of a person isn’t well, then the not just iron but the other nutrients that our body needs will not be absorbed as well. Other conditions that affects the intestines include surgery in this part of the body, and he Celiac disease.