Nutritional Deficiency Anemia

Nutritional Deficiency Anemia: Overview

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.

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Causes and Development

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.

Iron, vitamin B12 and folate deficiencies can also produce forms of nutritional anemia – Iron Deficiency Anemia and Megaloblastic Anemia.

Signs, symptoms & indicators of Nutritional Deficiency Anemia:

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Risk factors for Nutritional Deficiency Anemia:



Pyrolurics are generally anemic.

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

About 40% of those with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome also have anemia as a result of folic acid deficiency.

Tumors, Malignant

Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)

Anemia, a deficiency of red cells, develops in almost all leukemia patients.

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Nutritional Deficiency Anemia suggests the following may be present:


Recommendations for Nutritional Deficiency Anemia:

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Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron.

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