Vitamin Deficiency Anemia

Friday, January 24, 2014

Nutritional or vitamin deficiency anemia refers to a reduced red blood cell count due to a poor diet which is deficient in certain vitamins. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Vitamin deficiency anemia is a lack of healthy red blood cells caused by lower-than-normal amounts of certain vitamins. The vitamins linked to vitamin deficiency anemia include folate, vitamin B-12 and vitamin C.

Vitamin deficiency anemia can occur if you dont eat food with certain vitamins or if your body has trouble absorbing or processing these vitamins.

The lack of red blood cells caused by vitamin deficiency anemia can cause weakness and shortness of breath.

Signs and symptoms of vitamin deficiency anemia include:

Fatigue

Shortness of breath

Dizziness

Pale or yellowish skin

Swollen tongue

Weight loss

Numbness or tingling in your hands and feet

Muscle weakness or unsteady movements, and

Mental confusion or forgetfulness

Vitamin deficiencies usually develop slowly over several months to years. Vitamin deficiency symptoms may be subtle at first, but they increase as the deficiency worsens. Treatment for vitamin deficiency anemia includes supplements and changes in diet. You can prevent some forms of vitamin deficiency anemias by choosing a healthy diet that includes a variety of foods.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.