In all, there are over 400 types of anemia. All but a few of them are very rare. The most common anemias are related to dietary problems (referred to as nutritional deficiency anemias) and can be managed through dietary measures. These do not require major medical interventions such as transfusions and marrow replacement.
Nutritional anemias are associated with poor bone marrow cell production and low reticulocyte counts and indices. Starvation leads to an overall failure to make new red blood cells, for lack of raw material. Another way to starve, even though you may be eating enough, is for your intestines to not absorb the food. When you fail to absorb what you eat, you will have diarrhea and weight loss in addition to the anemia.
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