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A primer on preventing anemia by natasha tiffany md

In the United States alone, over 3 million people have anemia. Women and those with a chronic disease are more at risk. The condition occurs when there is either a lack of hemoglobin in red blood cells or insufficient red blood cells. An important protein, hemoglobin gives blood its red color and carries oxygen from the lungs to every part of the body. Without enough oxygen, organs and tissues will not be able to function at their highest capacity.

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A primer on preventing anemia by natasha tiffany md

  1. 1. A PRIMER ON PREVENTING ANEMIA by Natasha Tiffany, MD
  2. 2. A Primer on Preventing Anemia In the United States alone, over 3 million peoplehave anemia. Women and those with a chronicdisease are more at risk. The condition occurs whenthere is either a lack of hemoglobin in red bloodcells or insufficient red blood cells. An importantprotein, hemoglobin gives blood its red color andcarries oxygen from the lungs to every part of thebody. Without enough oxygen, organs and tissueswill not be able to function at their highest capacity.
  3. 3. A Primer on Preventing Anemia Not all types of anemia are preventable, but thereare many ways to avoid vitamin and iron deficiencyanemia. Nutrition is crucial to prevention, especiallyfoods rich in iron. This includes leafy greens such asspinach or kale, fish, lean red meat, beans and lentils,and tofu. Certain foods help the body to absorb iron,so it is also important to eat strawberries, broccoli, andfruits and vegetables high in Vitamin C. Drinking coffeeor tea with a meal can make it more difficult for thebody to absorb iron.
  4. 4. About the Author A physician at Hematology Oncology ofSalem, Natasha Tiffany, MD, also teaches at theOregon Health & Science University School ofMedicine. She is an Affiliate Assistant Professor inthe division of hematology and medical oncology.

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