Presentation on theme: "By: Kaitlyn Fleming. What is Anemia? Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. When your body does not have."— Presentation transcript:
What is Anemia? Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. When your body does not have enough iron, it makes fewer blood cells or the red blood cells are too small its called iron deficiency anemia.
What are the causes of anemia? You lose more blood cells than your body can replace. Your body does not do a good job at absorbing iron. Your body can absorb iron but you do not eat iron foods. You need more iron than your body can deliver (pregnant, breastfeeding). Body’s iron storage runs low.
What are the symptoms? Feeling grumpy Feeling weak and tired than usual. Headaches Problems concentrating or thinking Brittle nails Yellow or blue to white part of eye Light- headedness when you stand up. Pale skin Shortness of breath
More symptoms Sore tongue Heavy menstrual bleeding (women) Unusual cravings (ice, starch, etc.) Irritability Cold hands and feet Weight loss (people with cancer). Chest pains and belly pains.
Do I have Anemia? Go to your doctor and ask for a blood test for anemia.
Treatment for anemia Taking iron supplements Eat iron rich foods such as…… Meats Oatmeal Whole wheat bread People who cannot swallow pills must take iron through the vein or injection to muscles.
Prevention for Anemia Keep a healthy diet of iron rich foods.
How do you get Anemia? Sickle cell anemia is an inherited blood disorder. You get anemia from one sickle cell from each parent. Sickle cell anemia is a recessive genetic order.
History of Anemia The first recognized anemia was chlorosis or “the green sickness” common in girls until the early 1900s. The condition was recognized in the 1500s the sickness was not understood till the 1800s. Gabrid Andral was credited with introducing the term anemia in 1829. Thomas Addison gave full description in (1793-1860). First appeared in Africa, Mediterranean islands, middle eastern, other heritages can have gene too.
Facts Iron deficiency anemia is most common form of anemia. Breastfeeding and pregnant women need extra iron. More than 70 million Americans have sickle cell anemia. 2 million Americans including 1 in 12 African Americans are carriers of the sickle cell disease. Mostly common in women
My story This year I was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia blood disease. I had really bad cravings of ice I would chew on 5-6 cups of ice a day. Finally I asked my doctor and he said I had to take a blood test for anemia. Anemia is very common on my mother’s side.