What is Normocytic Anemia?

Q:
What is normocytic anemia?

A:
Anemia refers that the red blood cells do not contain a very low level of the hemoglobin protein. The hemoglobin is concerned with carrying oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

Normocytic anemia has many causes. The most common one is due to sudden blood loss, chronic diseases, kidney failure, aplastic anemia, man-made heart valves and drug therapy.

Symptoms

People with anemia of chronic disease can have symptoms such as:

  • Feeling tired
  • Headache
  • Shortage of breath
  • Faintness
  • Angina
  • Feeling pain the leg muscles that results in limping or lameness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Not being able to concentrate and think
  • Depression

Treatment

In normocytic anemia disease, the most important treatment is to keep the conditions under control. Though, under some cases, a blood transfusion is needed to ensure that the body still has enough hemoglobin to transport oxygen effectively.

To improve the hemoglobin protein level, patients can ease the symptoms by:

  • Use agents that stimulate the body to increase the production of red blood cells
  • Have a diet that rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients
  • Eat a single ripe banana along with about 2 teaspoons of honey at least twice a day on a regular basis
  • Drink a mixture of apple juice and tomato juice
  • Avoid the excessive consumption of teas and coffee

However, if you have other family members with the conditions and the disease may have a genetic link in your family, please go to the doctor and ask for more professional opinions.

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