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.
Disease statistics: According to Nutrition Canada Survey, the overall prevalence of "high risk" of anemia (Hb< 100 g/L) was minimal (less than 1.5%) among women overall. At ages 10 to 19, "high risk" of anemia was 0.4% among males and 0.0% among females. The comparison with 1970-1972 Nutrition Canada data suggests that the prevalence of anemia is currently lower in all age groups younger than 65. But among seniors, the prevalence of anemia is now higher, particularly for women.
Treatment for vitamin deficiency anemia includes supplements and changes in diet:
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.
L’Association d’Anémie Falciforme Du Canada (SCDAC/AAFC) and its member organizations are committed to increasing awareness about Anaemia, enhancing methods of identification, diagnosis, and treatment towards improving the quality of life of affected individuals and their families in Canada.