There are many types of anaemia, and whilst some of them are inherited conditions, fortunately, the two most common forms are usually curable. From Marmite to medication, find out how you can improve iron deficiency anaemia and Vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia symptoms.
How is vitamin B12 or folate deficiency anaemia treated?
In the majority of cases, levels of vitamin B12 and folate are topped up with injections. Ordinarily, this is a lifelong treatment needing to be done on a regular basis. As an alternative, B12 tablets may also be prescribed to be taken between meals. To replace missing folate, folic acid tablets normally need to be taken for four months.
Some people with this form of anaemia might find that a few additions to their weekly shop may improve their symptoms. Fish, eggs, dairy products and yeast extract like Marmite are good sources of Vitamin B12 whilst piling your plate with peas and broccoli will help boost folate levels.
How can you treat iron deficiency anaemia?
Most often, iron supplements are given to people who are suffering from this form of anaemia. Your GP will keep an eye on your iron levels over a few months until they have returned to normal. To provide the best treatment, they will also need to find out what triggered your anaemia in the first place. If any of your current medication was causing anaemia, your doctor may swap it for an alternative.
Many anaemic people may find that increasing iron intake in their diet may also improve symptoms. It seems Popeye had the right idea as dark-green leafy vegetables, like spinach and curly kale are good sources of iron. Nuts, seeds, brown rice, meat, eggs and fish are also rich in iron.
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This advice should be used as a guide only and should not replace information provided by a doctor or medical professional, especially when being treat with injections.