Whether you’ve just been diagnosed, or you know someone who’s been living with anaemia for years and want to know more about it, we explore what it means and how a nutritionist may be able to help you.
What is anaemia and how is it caused?
Anaemia is a very common condition. It is often caused by the body not having the number of red blood cells it needs, or the blood lacking the protein haemoglobin.
One of the most common causes is a lack of iron in the diet, though other causes may include:
> Women experiencing heavy periods.
> Pregnancy – extra iron is needed to support the baby.
> As a result of painkillers (ibuprofen and aspirin).
> Chronic kidney disease.
How does it affect me?
You may not have any symptoms at all – people can experience the condition differently, depending on the type of anaemia that you have. But, some of the most common...