Risk Factors for Anemia


About risk factors: Risk factors for Anemia are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Anemia makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Anemia. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Anemia. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Anemia in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: An iron deficit is not necessarily due to poor eating habits, an otherwise balanced diet may not supply ample iron to women in one of the following groups- menstruating, dieting, pregnant, vegetarian and women who do not eat red-meat, as well as women who have trouble absorbing iron from their foods.

Menstruation: The monthly blood loss that occurs during menstruation causes the body to need increased iron. Women who experience heavy bleeding should pay special attention to their iron intake. Dieting: Since the average American women's diet does not reach the RDA for iron, dieting and decreasing food intake will make it even more difficult to reach the recommended RDA for iron. Pregnancy: Pregnant women are at an increased risk for developing anemia, because the iron stores are placed at an increased demand caused by the higher blood volume and demands of the fetus and placenta. Vegetarians: Vegetarians and people who do not consume red-meat are more apt to be iron deficient. Meat sources of iron, also called heme-iron, such pork, beef and lamb are among the richest sources of iron. Heme-sources of iron are best absorbed and utilized by the body. Non-heme sources such as the iron in beans, grains and vegetables is not nearly as well absorbed by the body. Absorption: The capacity of the body to absorb iron from the diet is a crucial factor for developing iron stores and maintaining functional iron. When the body has trouble absorbing iron from foods or when iron is lost through cellular break down, iron deficiency anemia is likely to occur.1

Risks factors for Anemia: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to risk factors for Anemia:

1. excerpt from Anemia: NWHIC

Last revision: May 20, 2003

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