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: Prevalence of anemia among children (% of children under 5) in Ireland was 13.90 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 19.70 in 1990, while its lowest value was 12.00 in 2003. Prevalence of anemia among non-pregnant women (% of women ages 15-49) in Ireland was 16.90 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 23.50 in 1990, while its lowest value was 13.80 in 2002. The value for Prevalence of anemia among pregnant women (%) in Ireland was 24.00 as of 2011.
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.
Irish Government is conducting basic and clinical research on the prevention, control, and treatment of Vitamin Deficiency Anemia.