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 Singapore was 19.10 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 20.70 in 1990, while its lowest value was 16.10 in 1999. Prevalence of anemia among non-pregnant women (% of women ages 15-49) in Singapore was 21.80 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 26.10 in 1990, while its lowest value was 17.30 in 2001. The value for Prevalence of anemia among pregnant women (%) in Singapore was 28.50 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.
Singapore Government is conducting basic and clinical research on the prevention, control, and treatment of Vitamin Deficiency Anemia.