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Nutritional anemia


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Nutritional anemia refers to types of anemia that can be directly attributed to nutritional disorders. Examples include Iron deficiency anemia and pernicious (Vitamin B12 deficiency) anemia.

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Nutritional anemia

  1. 1. Shahzadi Rihas Sabah M. Sc . and B. Sc. in Food and Nutrition (DU) Dietitian and Researcher
  2. 2.  Anemia is the world’s 2nd leading cause of disability and thus one of the most serious global public health problem  Reducing the burden of anemia will make a major contribution to achieving several UN Millennium Development Goal (WHO, 2011)  Anemia is a condition characterized by low hemoglobin in the body caused by a deficiency of nutrients including iron in the diet(ICDDRB, 2008)
  3. 3.  Most Common cause: Iron deficiency  Other causes, ▪ Folate, vitamin B12 and vitamin C deficiencies, ▪ Chronic inflammation, ▪ Parasitic infections, and ▪ Inherited disorders.
  4. 4. Most affected are children and women in the developing world
  5. 5.  The global prevalence of anemia for the general population is 24.8% and 1620 million people are affected by anemia (WHO, 2011)  Globally 2.15 billion individuals are anemic because of iron deficiency (Khusun, 1999)  In Bangladesh (National surveillance project bulletin, 2006):  Under 5 children 68%  Adolescent girls 40%  Adolescent boys 31%  Non pregnant women 46%  Pregnant women 39 %
  6. 6.  WHO has developed a comprehensive package of public health measures addressing all aspects of iron deficiency and anaemia.  Increase iron intake. ▪ Dietary diversification including iron-rich foods and enhancement of iron absorption, food fortification and iron supplementation.  Control infection. ▪ Immunization and control programmes for malaria, hookworm and schistosomiasis.  Improve nutritional status. ▪ Prevention and control of other nutritional deficiencies, such as vitamin B12, folate and vitaminC. WHO, 2011
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