The new campaign “An iron health is a health without Anemia” held in the context of the Day of Anemia, on 26 November, aims to sensitize the Portuguese to the importance of having hemoglobin levels controlled. This initiative is from the Anemia Working Group Portugal – Portuguese Association for the Study of Anemia.
Iron deficiency is one of the main causes responsible for the anemia, it affects about one in three Portuguese adults, it is therefore essential to alert to the need to prevent the progression of this deficiency to the most serious condition, the existence of anemia.
In Portugal alone, 52.7% of all anemia cases are due to iron deficiency, and women are the most affected sex (mainly pregnant and second mothers).
The youngest population aged 18-34 years is also a risk group, where a decrease in the amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood becomes more recurrent. The elderly also need to control the incidence of this type of problem in their organism, since they are also one of the most vulnerable groups.
“Anemia is a clinical condition that can manifest itself at all ages, although the acquired forms affect some groups more markedly. Among these are young people in the developmental stage, women of childbearing age, particularly pregnant women and the elderly, “said Dr. António Robalo Nunes, a specialist in Immunohemotherapy.
On November 26th (Saturday), an Anemia and Iron Deficiency screening will be held at Arrábida Shopping in Gaia and in the Colombo Shopping Center in Lisbon.
Iron is an essential nutrient for the body, for physical and mental health and for maintaining and regulating the energy levels appropriate to the activity of each one.
This nutritional deficiency can cause several symptoms, among them, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, increased susceptibility to infections, canker sores, headaches, hair loss, cold intolerance, etc. Anemia is caused by iron deficiency and has a significant impact on the health of individuals, increasing the risk of mortality. Patients suffering from anemia present numerous symptoms and have a reduced quality of life when compared to non-anemic patients, thus having an extremely negative impact on their lives.
“Anemia, by compromising the proper transport of oxygen, which is one of the most important biological mechanisms, can ultimately compromise one’s life in extreme situations. In all situations, even those of lesser gravity are always a factor aggravating others Situations of illness that the individual is carrying, “said the doctor.
“Food must be regular and balanced from the nutritional point of view, that is, capable of providing quantity and quality of the micronutrients essential for the production of red blood cells by the bone marrow. It should include meat, fish, fruits and vegetables with green foliage,” he added.