Vitamin Deficiency Anemia
Vitamin deficiency anemia is a lack of healthy red blood cells caused by lower than normal amounts of certain vitamins. Vitamins linked to vitamin deficiency anemia include folate, vitamin B-12 and vitamin C. Vitamin deficiency anemia can occur if you don't eat enough folate, vitamin B-12 or vitamin C. Or vitamin deficiency anemia can occur if your body has trouble absorbing or processing these vitamins.
Prevalence of anemia among children (% of children under 5) in Belgium was 13.50 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 17.20 in 1990, while its lowest value was 11.10 in 2000. The value for Prevalence of anemia among pregnant women (%) in Belgium was 24.10 as of 2011. Over the past 21 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 28.00 in 1990 and a minimum value of 22.60 in 2002.
Treatment for vitamin deficiency anemia includes supplements and changes in diet:
• Folate deficiency anemia: Treatment involves eating a healthy diet and taking folic acid supplements as prescribed by your doctor. In most cases, folic acid supplements are taken orally. Once your body's level of folate increases to normal, you may be able to stop taking the supplements. But if the cause of your folate deficiency can't be corrected, you may need to take folic acid supplements indefinitely.
Anemia is the most common extraintestinal manifestation of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which, in most cases, results from an absolute or functional iron deficiency. Although anemia and iron deficiency may have a dramatic impact on the quality of life of IBD patients, they are underdiagnosed and undertreated.