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Unformatted text preview: From the description, Amy has dietary anemia, which is a condition in which hemoglobin levels in the blood are low or the number of red blood cells is low. Red blood cells transport oxygen from the lungs to all tissues in the body and carbon dioxide from the tissues to the lungs for exchange with oxygen, (Mary et al., 2006). Anemia results in low oxygen carrying capacity of the red blood cells. Most cases of anemia are attributed to iron deficiency and it is evident that Amy’s diet has none of it, (W.H.O, 2006). Amy’s diet lacks iron, proteins, and vitamins, which are essential in building blood hemoglobin indicating a diminished formation of red blood cells in her bone marrow resulting in iron deficiency anemia. Anemia could also be a result of infections for instance worms that feed on her blood as well as on the vitamins, diminished formation of red blood cells in the bone marrow due to defects in the bone marrow, heavy blood loss or lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which is needed for digestion of iron and proteins, (Mary et al., 2006). Signs and symptoms of anemia include fatigue, which is being tired all the time, paleness of the skin and mucous membranes, weakness, dizziness and drowsiness. Amy presents such symptoms. Some other symptoms include a haggard look with premature wrinkles, dull, dizziness and drowsiness....
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- Spring '10
- red blood cells, Sickle cell anemia