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 Russia was 25.90 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 35.00 in 1990, while its lowest value was 25.50 in 2009. Prevalence of anemia among non-pregnant women (% of women ages 15-49) in Russia was 21.40 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 25.40 in 1990, while its lowest value was 21.20 in 2009. The value for Prevalence of anemia among pregnant women (%) in Russia was 23.30 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.
Anemia should be taken into account in geriatric assessments and should be evaluated as a risk factor of mortality, dependency, and poor physical performance. Additional interventional studies are needed to produce evidence that treatment of mild anemia improves health outcomes before screening of anemia will become part of national clinical guideline.