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Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
Our body makes three types of blood cells – white blood cells to fight infection, platelets to help your blood clot and red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body.
Red blood cells contain haemoglobin, an iron-rich protein that gives blood its red colour. Most blood cells, including red blood cells, are produced regularly in your bone marrow. To produce haemoglobin and red blood cells, your body needs iron, vitamin B-12, folate and other nutrients from the foods you eat.
Anaemia is a condition in which a person does not have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to the body’s tissues which may make you feel tired and weak.
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Treatments for anaemia range from taking supplements to undergoing medical procedures. You may be able to prevent some types of anaemia by eating a healthy, varied diet. Symptoms first anaemia can be so mild that it goes unnoticed.
Signs and symptoms vary depending on the cause of your anaemia.
They may include:
Anything that causes your body to not have enough red blood cells will cause anaemia.
It can be because:
Anaemia treatment depends on the cause.
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