Anemia is a disease that affects the blood, resulting in a decrease in red blood cells. Red blood cells are responsible for transportation of oxygen throughout the body via the pigment referred to as hemoglobin. Therefore, the decrease in production of red blood cells also decreases volume of oxygen in the body. The subsequent paragraphs’ will describe my journey with anemia.
Basically, anemia is caused by a lack of enough oxygen in the body. I remember I would occasionally feel very tired, even without engaging in involving physical activities. That made me feel very weak and fatigued. My concentration was also very poor, it was almost impossible for me to concentrate on one particular event. My skin was also very pale. I would also occasionally feel cold. Finally, shortness of breath arises from anemia as well.
Anemia is a very easy disease to treat with a healthy diet. First of all, the doctors advised me to eat meals that are rich in iron and Vitamins C. Iron is the major component of hemoglobin, the pigment responsible for transport of oxygen throughout our bodies. Iron rich food can come from animals and plants. Chicken Liver, oysters, beef, beef liver and eggs are some of the sources of iron from animals. Spinach, Molasses, Wheat, beans and peanuts are very good sources of iron from plants. Combine them with a glass of orange juice which is a source of Vitamin C. You can also buy from the counter iron supplements which go for relatively low prices, although I followed the natural way, that is, taking food instead of drugs. The doctors also told me there is an injectable iron medicine, for those who are either in a hurry to get healed or their situation is not good. Loss of iron is also caused by loss of blood, therefore blood transfusion is another method that has been used to restore the amount of hemoglobin in our circulation system.
My situation was unique because I was pregnant when diagnosed with anemia. My body was in need of a lot of iron, further to these, I had ulcers complications which resulted to loss of a lot of my blood. The biggest struggle was to ensure that I eat enough, to supplement the iron deficiency brought about by pregnancy and also supplement the blood that oozed as a result of my ulcers. It is very difficult to take meals while suffering from ulcers; you can imagine how much I had to pull myself, for the sake of my health and my unborn child.
My advice to all is to occasionally carry out medical check ups. The fact that you can wake up in the morning and go to work does not guarantee you good health. Take your family or your self for medical check up to unearth and pre-empt any potential danger.