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What is anemia?

Sunday, December 09, 2007


I have anemia and found this article interesting.

Anemia occurs when your blood doesn't have enough hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. All parts of your body need oxygen. Anemia can starve your body of the oxygen it needs to survive. Some people refer to anemia as "low blood".

Symptoms of anemia

Often, no symptoms
Paleness
Feeling tired
More shortness of breath during exercise
Fast heartbeat
Symptoms usually come on slowly so that you feel no sudden change in your energy level

Many things can lead to anemia. Your body may not make enough blood or you may lose too much blood from bleeding. Possible causes include low vitamin B12 or folic acid intake and some chronic illnesses. But the most common cause is not having enough iron in your blood. Iron is a mineral the body needs to make hemoglobin. Anemia due to low iron levels is called iron deficiency anemia.

What can lead to low iron levels in the blood?

A number of things can cause your blood to be low in iron.

Lack of iron in the diet. This is mostly a problem for children and young women. Small children who drink large amounts of milk and avoid iron-rich foods and young women who follow fad diets or are vegetarian may be at risk for low iron levels.

Growth spurts. Children under age three are growing so fast that their bodies may have a hard time keeping up with the amount of iron they need.

Pregnancy. Women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding need more iron. That's why pregnant women may be tested for anemia and why they need to eat more iron-rich foods or may need to take a daily iron pill.

Blood loss. This is the most common reason for iron deficiency anemia in adults. Women, of course, lose blood every month during their periods. Heavy periods may cause anemia.

Blood loss can also be caused by internal bleeding, usually in the digestive tract. A stomach ulcer, ulcerative colitis, cancer, or taking anti-inflammatory pills such as ibuprofen or ASA (an example is aspirin) or similar medicine for a long time can cause bleeding in your stomach or intestines. That's why it's so important to find the reason for a low iron level.

How is anemia diagnosed?

A blood test will probably be done to diagnose anemia. Talk to your doctor if you think you might have anemia. Other tests may be needed to find out what's causing the anemia.

Can anemia be prevented?

Some types can, such as those caused by a diet that lacks iron. You can help prevent this type of anemia by making sure you eat foods that contain iron. See the box below for a list of iron-rich foods.

Infants need to be started on cereal by ages 4 to 6 months and formulas should contain iron.

Foods high in iron
Liver and other meats
Seafood (sardines)
Dried fruits like apricots, prunes and raisins
Nuts
Beans, especially lima beans
Green leafy vegetables, such as greens, parsley and broccoli
Black strap molasses
Whole grains

How is anemia treated?

This depends on what's causing the anemia. For example, if anemia results from losing too much blood, the cause of the blood loss will need to be found and treated. If anemia results from a diet that's low in iron, iron-rich foods or iron pills may be the treatment your doctor suggests.

Pernicious anemia is from low B12 and so you would need B12 shots. Vegan vegetarians can also develop low B12.

How can I increase how much iron I get from my diet?

Only a small amount of the iron in foods is absorbed, or taken in, by your body. Your body best absorbs the iron in meats.

Eating a small amount of meat along with other sources of iron, such as some vegetables, can help you get even more iron out of these foods. Taking high doses of vitamin C pills or eating foods high in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits or juice, at the same time you eat iron-rich foods or take your iron pill may can help your body absorb the iron better.

Cooking in cast-iron pans will increase the iron content of food.

Some foods block the absorption of iron. These include coffee, tea, egg yolks, milk, fiber and soy protein. Try to avoid these things when you're eating food high in iron in order to fully benefit from the iron-rich foods.
Tips on taking iron pills

Take the pills when you eat.
Start to take iron slowly. Try taking one pill a day for three to five days, then two pills a day until you aren't bothered by that amount. Increase the number of pills until you're taking the amount your doctor has recommended.
Increase the fiber in your diet if you have constipation but also increase your water and fluid intake. This is worth trying even though fiber may get in the way of how well your body can absorb iron. You'll still be able to absorb some iron, and it's better than not taking any iron if you need it.
Don't take iron pills at bedtime if they upset your stomach.
If one type of iron pills causes problems, talk to your doctor about trying a different formula or brand.
Store iron pills safely. Iron poisoning is a leading cause of accidental death in children. Iron pills often look like candy.

Can iron pills cause problems?

Taking iron pills to try to prevent or treat anemia without first talking to your doctor may be harmful. Taking iron if you have anemia may make diagnosing anemia more difficult. It may also cover up a more serious disorder that could be causing the anemia.

Iron pills can also cause stomach upset, heartburn and constipation. Be sure to tell your doctor about any discomfort you notice. The tips above may help reduce this discomfort.

  


Permanent Weight Loss: Can You Really Achieve It?

Friday, December 07, 2007


By Jennifer Gruenemay, ACE-Certified

It can be extremely difficult to lose weight – but it’s also extremely easy to put it back on. In fact, the more you yo-yo between weight loss and weight gain, the harder it gets to lose the weight for good as this vicious cycle takes hold. If you’re ready to achieve permanent weight loss and your goal weight is in sight, the next step is maintaining a healthy lifestyle to keep that weight off – for good. Find out how to make your dream stay true. Plus: Test your dieting downfall…

For Permanent Weight Loss: Form New Healthy Habits
The last thing you should do after working so hard to lose weight is to regress back to the same old habits that made you overweight in the first place.

Realize that the way you ate and your sedentary lifestyle is what made the pounds pack on, so reversing those unhealthy habits is essential to maintaining the weight loss you’ve worked so hard for.

You can form new healthy habits by focusing on your diet and making it a point to exercise every day. Eat sensibly by adding plenty whole fresh foods into your diet, like fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, legumes, nuts, and low-fat dairy products. Exercise daily, getting at least 30 minutes in every day, whether it’s walking, jogging, running, biking, swimming, or something else that you enjoy doing.

My quote
That is if you can do exsercise. I can't do it and is harder for me to loose weight. I am loosing weight slowly but loosing weight. That means I do not have to make exersice. But didn't means if you can you will not do it.I can't do it because I have illnesses that make me be seat or be on bed almost all day. I eat less calories than normal person do to loose weight or to maintain weight".
This body is the only one you get, so put it to good use.

  


Holidays Don't Have to Leave You Heavier

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


I like to read and found this article interesting.
Smart choices, even chewing gum, can help keep extra pounds at bay, expert says
SUNDAY, Dec. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Because food is such a focal point of the holidays, it's all too easy to pack on extra pounds when joining family and friends in celebration.

But a bit of planning may help you avoid weight gain, says Jennifer Ebelhar, an assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics at Saint Louis University.

"It's OK to indulge in a little of your favorite holiday treats. But try planning ahead for indulgences and cutting back in other areas. If you simply must have the dessert, try cutting back on other high-calorie sides that don't matter as much to you," she said in a prepared statement.

Ebelhar offered the following tips for preventing holiday weight gain:

Make healthy changes to your favorite holiday treats. For example, use applesauce instead of oil in your holiday breads, use egg substitute instead of whole eggs, and try plain, nonfat yogurt instead of sour cream in recipes.
Choose wisely. Before you fill your plate, think about which foods are your favorites and which ones you can do without. It's also a good idea to fill up on low-calorie foods first to avoid overindulging. Remember that foods aren't the only major source of calories. Drinks such as sodas, fruit punch, eggnog and alcoholic beverages can contain 150 to 450 calories per glass.
Chew slowly and enjoy your food. "Make one plate of the foods you really want. Eat it slowly, enjoying it and savoring every last bite. And then pop in a stick of gum and position yourself away from the food," Ebelhar said.
Instead of putting out lots of cookies, candy and other sweet treats, provide healthier choices like fruit, vegetables and nuts for your family and friends.
Get exercise. It can help keep off unwanted pounds, relieve stress and regulate your appetite.
Don't put too much pressure on yourself. You're not going to be able to lose weight during the holidays. Your goal is to try to maintain your weight. "If you overindulge at a holiday party, put it behind you and return to your usual eating plan the next day without guilt or despair," Ebelhar said.

  


Dealing with anger

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


Sometimes we feel anger because we don't finish our goals. Most people think that be angry is part of an unsatisfying situation. We try to pretend everything is all right and hide the anger. Do not try to hide it, try to manage the anger and convert it in something positive that can help you to have energy and use it positivelly to help yourself to meet your goals. Sometimes anger is good if you can change it positivelly. When you are anger try to change it in something positive and you will see the change.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NAOLEE 12/7/2007 7:59AM

    Thank you DEEKEN
I appreciate your comentary.

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DEEKEN 12/7/2007 6:34AM

    Very True words
thank you

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AUTUMNFIRE 12/5/2007 9:32AM

    Keep that thought!!!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007


We are here to love, live and feel joy. If one is not happy with what they are doing in life, they should choose to change what they are doing. You can do change doing it step by step. Or doing a big change at once. The only thing I can say is if you know something is not right, you have the opportunity to make the change. If you can't see it, you will not have a chance to make the change.

  


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