Falls Another Risk of Anaemia
Tuesday, July 4th 2006
Anaemia is a blood condition almost always caused by iron deficiency. But now, new research has shown that anaemia can have a negative effect on bones as well, by increasing the risk of harmful falls in older people.
The study demonstrated that older people who are also anaemic face up to three times the risk of falls that result in broken bones, compared to others with normal blood levels. The researchers analyzed the health claims of 47, 530 patients, all aged over 65. Each patient had undergone haemoglobin measurements, which can indicate anaemia.
The numbers showed that as haemoglobin numbers decreased, and head and hip injuries were the most common. At the lowest levels - in this study, haemoglobin count under 10 - the fall risk went up by 57 percent, risk of head injury doubled, and risk of hip injury tripled.
On the plus side, anaemia is easily detected with a simple blood test. If you think you may be anaemic, ask your doctor to check your haemoglobin. Once detected, anaemia is very easily treated. Iron supplements can boost blood levels where iron-deficiency is the cause. There are food sources of iron such as organ meats (like liver), oatmeal, raisins, and molasses. You can also find plentiful supplies of this nutrient in egg yolks, green leafy vegetables, and carrots. In other cases, folic acid supplements may get the haemoglobin back to normal.
Xcel Health's Superior Iron contains the non-constipating and highly tolerated iron bisglycinate.
Reproduced unabridged from the July - September 2006 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
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