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.
The prevalence of anemia in China was measured in all age groups and disaggregated by gender. The prevalence of anemia in children ages 0 to 59 months were 21.2% in males, and 16.1% in females. Prevalence in children 5 to 14 years of age were 15.1% in males, and 17.5% in females. Prevalence of anemia in people 15 years old and older were 16.9% in males, and 22.7% in females.
Treatment for vitamin deficiency anemia includes supplements and changes in diet:
• Vitamin 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 remains a serious problem in Central and Eastern China, even though rates are not as high in these areas as in Western China. For a country that has the fiscal resources and organizational ability of China, there is both an urgent need and institutional ability to address this problem, though the exact approach is still up for debate.