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Anemia increases rrisk of death in the very elderly

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A new study which was a part of the Leiden 85-plus study, published in Canadian medical Association Journal (CMAJ) revealed that most of the persons of 85 years+ of age die or have a higher risk of death due to anemia. The study was carried on 562 people of 85 years old in Netherlands, researchers followed them until they achieved the age of 90. The follow up on study showed that 27 percent of participants were suffered with anemia i.e. prevalent anemia at the beginning of the study, while 24% of elderly developed anemia during the course of the study. Most of the elderly suffered anemia due to several factors like depression, hospital admission, and fractures and falls, cognitive impairment, low quality life etc., this problem then leads to increased death rate in the elderly. Ms. Wendy den Elzen of the Leiden University Medical Center and coauthors, while confirming the results of previous studies of people in the Netherlands and North America and said, “There was a clear and strong association between prevalent anemia in the elderly participants aged 85 years and risk of death. We found an even stronger impact on mortality than prevalent anemia at age 85. The authors summed up by saying that the associated functional decline appears to be primarily recognized to comorbid illnesses.

There are several other reasons related to anemia in the elderly like deficiency of iron, Vitamin B12, gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney failure, poor nutrition, folate deficiency, myelodysplastic syndrome etc. Anemic people often feel tired, weak, dizzy or irritable. If not treated early the patient’s heart has to work harder with the result it could lead to serious consequences. In about 30% of cases no reason could be identified for the anemia. Around 40 to 60% geriatric patients in the United States suffer from anemia and large number of deaths occurs due to this condition.

If we look deep into the condition of Anemia it would be revealed that in an anemic person the red blood cells in the blood would be low. Blood is made up of two parts the liquid part is called the plasma while its cellular part contains different cells. One of the vital and numerous cells found in our blood are red blood cells. Their main work is to deliver oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body. The red blood cells do their job through specific steps in our body and are made in the bone marrow, thus with the deficiency of various vitamins a person becomes anemic.

Overall 2 to 10% people are anemic, while in other countries the rate is even higher. Did you know that young women are twice likely to get anemic than young men because of their menstrual bleeding. All number of anemias can be avoided by consulting a doctor as and when the problem arises. Elderly should routinely consult a doctor for their blood check up even if they are not anemic.

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4 thoughts on “Anemia increases rrisk of death in the very elderly
  1. Edgar

    Women, due to pregnancy and menstruation, and the elders, due to poor diet and other medical conditions, are more susceptible to anemia and it can be very dangerous when not properly treated. My grandmother, 88 years old, tends to keep everything to herself – like when she suddenly loses her balance while walking or standing up. We became alarmed when the doctor once said that she has anemia since we do not know everything that is happening to her, good or bad. Since then, we always bring her to the hospital every year for a check-up just to make sure that nothing is wrong with her health even when her anemia was already treated.

  2. Brianna

    I have learned that having a deficient source of Vitamin B12 can cause serious problems and even life-threatening diseases such as anemia. I once suffered from anemia when I was still a student. I cannot blame myself, I was a scholar and I needed to maintain my grades making it totally frustrating at some points because I always lack sleep and rest. The health practitioner in our university told me to take supplements with Vitamin B12. Since then, I began taking Nature’s Way B100 Complex. Been taking it for three years now and it doesn’t have any harsh effects at all; I just recommend taking it with meals for fast absorption.

  3. Simon

    Fatigue is very common to all people, I myself had problem with these. Due to working very late at night and getting early the next morning my health had been compromised. I used to work 8 hours day, but as needed I take additional hours to finish my report. It’s been a routine every now and then to me. And then one time I was walking to go home and I felt dizziness. I was really alarm and the next day I see my doctor to ask professional advise. I was diagnose to have anemia, and prescribed to take lots of medication especially vitamin B12. It had improved my condition diets, sleep and regular exercise are included to improve my condition.

  4. Louie

    Vitamin B-12 is so important to us. Because if we have vitamin B-12 deficiency it can cause problems in our life. Number one of it is anemia and that can cause death. My friends suffer from anemia and it’s very hard for him to maintain his energy. Anemia can cause fatigue because our body will not get enough oxygen to function well. He is a workaholic so he doesn’t get enough sleep that’s why he lacks vitamin b-12 and has a vitamin deficiency. The doctor advised him to take vitamin B-12 supplement, so he will never get any trouble of having deficiency of vitamin B-12. After a month of taking the supplement he is now in a good condition.

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