Jan 8, 2016

Eat healthy to avoid anemia: Dr. Sonia Malik

In our country, more than half of the population is suffering from the problem of anemia- low iron level in blood stream. In order to overcome this problem, it is very important to identify and understand the causes and symptoms of it.  Approximately 60% of the total population is suffering from this problem and the percentage is considerably higher in women than in men.

One of the major reasons for this is that a woman’s body needs more iron as compared to that of a man, especially during pregnancy. But they are not able to the nutrition that is needed during pregnancy which increases the need for iron. This deficiency of blood is called anemia. The common symptoms of this are weakness, fatigue, dizziness and body pallor. This results in problem in vision and affects the eyes especially the retina. In rare cases it can lead to bleeding in the eyes and loss of vision. In pregnant women, the symptoms are recognized by swelling in the legs, blood pressure problems and could also lead to birth defects in baby.

Dr. Sonia Malik, Director, Southend Fertility & IVF  says that blood deficiency can be met by increasing the intake of green vegetables, pulses, eggs, cheese, and leafy vegetables.  Beetroot, carrot, radish, and tomatoes are a must in daily diet. Apart from these seasonal fruits and sugarcane juice also help to boost the iron level. Anemia can be very harmful for pregnant women and can lead to major side effects on the unborn child.

To tackle anemia, women should exercise daily in the morning as well as evening. They should keep themselves distant from drugs and alcohol. These can be extremely dangerous for the health. Pregnant women should take advice from their doctors from time to time.

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