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Iron Deficiency Anemia

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Andrew Salinas

on 13 May 2010

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Iron Deficiency Anemia Symptions & Signs:
Weakness and fatigue Dizziness Grumpiness/ Cranky Paleness and shortness of breath Trouble concentrating Treatment & Prevention Your doctor will give you a regimne of iron suplement pills, which the paitent MUST take for several months. The way to prevent iron deficiency anemia is by either eating an iron rich diet(meats, eggs, whole-grain foods, peas, beans, oatmeal, prunes, figs, etc.) or taking iron supplement pills. By: Andrew Salinas & Cypris Adams History The first recognized anemia was chlorosis, or "the green sickness," common in girls until the early 1900s. Although the condition was recognized as early as the 1500s, the sickness itself was not understood until the 1800s. Epidemiology Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is the most common type in children. According to current estimates from the World Health Organization, one-third of the world's population (approximately 2 billion people, mostly from developing countries) may have anemia due to iron deficiency.IDA can occur at any age, but most often it is seen in toddlers and adolescent females.

Iron deficiency anemia is not contagious (spread from person to person).
http://www.aolhealth.com/conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia throughout the world. In the United States, iron deficiency anemia occurs to a lesser extent than in developing countries because of the higher consumption of red meat and the practice of food fortification (addition of iron to foods by the manufacturer). Anemia in the United States is caused by a variety of sources, including excessive losses of iron in menstrual fluid and excessive bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. In developing countries located in tropical climates, the most common cause of iron deficiency anemia is infestation with hookworm. French physician Gabriel Andral is credited with introducing the term anemia around 1829English physician Thomas Addison (1793-1860) gave the first complete description of the disease in 1849. Impacts on the Human Body Systems Repiratory System Without the proper amount of hemoglobin(IRON containing oxygen transports), the red blood cells wouldn't be able deliver the necessary oxygen to the lungs. As a result the BODY doesn't recieve the amount of oxygen they need, causing them not to function as well. Immune System Reaction Antibodies attach themselves to cell membranes of healthy red blood cells. Then spleen mistakenly identifies them as old red blood cells or foreign debris and are removed from the blood. Iron deficiency anemia is a low red blood cell count or hemoglobin level caused by too little iron in the body. Hemoglobin is an iron-containing molecule in the red blood cells that carries oxygen to cells throughout the body.
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