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Anaemia
 
Standard Definition

Anaemia is defined as a reduction in either the red blood cell volume or the concentration of haemoglobin in the red blood cell. The prevalence of anaemia is highest among menstruating women, infants, and the elderly. There are many different types of anaemia which can be distinguished by the shape and size of the red blood cell under the microscope. These include the anaemias listed below:

  • Iron-deficiency anaemia, anaemia of chronic disease, thalassaemia
  • Pernicious anaemia (vitamin B12 deficiency), folic acid deficiency-induced anaemia, myelodysplastic anemias (from cancer chemotherapy), anaemia of liver disease (eg. alcoholism)
  • Anaemia of acute blood loss, sickle-cell anaemia, anaemias related to kidney failure and bone marrow disease.
 
 
Underlying Disruption in Function

The basic underyling problem in all types of anaemia is the resultant loss or lack of oxygen delivery to all tissues and cells. This not only results in the main symptom of fatigue but can also inhibit proper organ function, healing and growth.

For example, pregnant women need three to four times as much iron as normal as well as more folate and B12 and so are at risk of developing deficiency anaemia. Iron-deficiency anaemia can result in premature labor, post-partum haemorrhage, low-birth-weight infants, infant death and can contribute to post-partum depression.

 
 
Possible Causes, Triggers & Exacerbating Factors

Anaemia is caused by 1) decreased production of red blood cells, 2) increased destruction of red blood cells, 3) and from excessive bleeding.

  • Menstruation
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Elderly, children with poor diets
  • Alcohol excess
  • Iron, folic acid, vitamin B12 deficiencies
  • Malabsorption syndromes (eg. coeliac disease, Crohn's disease)
  • Chronic disease states (eg. rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney failure, cancer)
  • Inherited anomalies (eg. thalassemia)
  • Gastrointestinal blood loss (eg. ulcers, aspirin-like drugs, cancer, parasites)
  • Overt blood loss (eg. after surgery or regular blood donations)
  • Oxidant drugs (eg. antibiotics, antimalarials, analgesics, chemotherapy agents)
 
 
Common Signs & Symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness
  • Palpitations and angina
  • Increased frequency of infections
  • Pica (cravings for strange foods or substances such as chalk or dirt)
  • Koilonychia (thin, concave nails) \
  • Sore, swollen, cracked tongue, cracked lips
 
 
Possible Additional Integrative Medicine Diagnostic Tests

(This is additional information that does not replace nor negate conventional diagnosis. Other tests may be useful depending on the individual circumstance.)

  • Vitamin and Mineral assessment
  • Heavy Metal and Toxicity assessment
  • Digestive function assessment
  • Allergy and food intolerance assessment
  • Drug, Herb, Nutrient assessment
 
 
Links & Other Information

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this condition, any of the diagnostic tests or therapies mentioned.

 

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