The word “anemia” is very common nowadays. In fact, I often hear people telling somebody that he or she is having anemia once one looks pale and weak. Well, you don’t always have anemia when you look pale and don’t feel like working or doing anything, but unfortunately this is often the case. But do you really understand the meaning of such word and what the body goes through when this is experienced? If not then you have found the right article that will help clear out this matter for you.
When doctors say that you have an anemia this simply means that your red blood cell count is lower than normal. This simply means that your body tissues’ oxygen supply will be compromised too, leading to a more serious condition such as cardiac palpitations and nervous system disorder.
To avoid vitamin B12 deficiency, one must see to it that one’s diet is complete with all the necessary vitamin B12 sources. After all, prevention is better than cure. If you are taking a vegetarian diet, received poor nutrition lacking vitamin B12 or don’t have the capacity to produce intrinsic factor then you may end have having problem caused by inadequate vitamin B12 supply. Some people who have autoimmune disorders don’t have the ability to make intrinsic factors in their stomach. And because this substance is needed for one to absorb Vitamin B12 to the body, they end up with inadequate vitamin B12 supply compromising the function of their body especially their circulatory system. However, the inability to produce intrinsic factor may also be caused by chronic gastritis or GIT surgery. Lack of Vitamin B12 will eventually lead to a condition known as “Pernicious Anemia”.
To treat pernicious anemia, the person needs to receive large doses of B12 deficiency treatments through injections. This is usually given via intramuscular route. The frequency of administering such injection varies from one country to another. Some administer this treatment every month while others give it in every 3 months. Others even dispense Vitamin B12 in the absence of any prescription. Some administer the treatment on their own and receive b12 shots in their respective homes using an insulin injection.