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: The prevalence of anemia among Israeli infants is 15.5%. The prevalence is significantly higher in the non-Jewish population (22.5%) as compared with the Jewish population (10.5%). The lowest prevalence of anemia was found in pediatric health centers (10.7%). A significant correlation was found between the presence of anemia in infants and the presence of anemia found in their mothers. Infants with anemia used significantly less iron preparations.
Treatment for vitamin deficiency anemia includes supplements and changes in diet:
• Vitamin B-12 deficiency anemia (pernicious anemia): For milder cases of vitamin B-12 deficiency, treatment may involve changes to your diet and vitamin B-12 supplements in pill form or as a nasal spray.
• Vitamin C deficiency anemia: Treatment for anemia related to vitamin C deficiency is with vitamin C tablets. Additionally, you increase your intake of foods and beverages that contain vitamin C.
Significant national efforts should be made to improve the iron condition of our children to assure that they will grow into healthy adults. More significant efforts should be made among the non-Jewish population to analyze the causes of IDA in this group, and then special efforts should be made to minimize the prevalence of anemia.