(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- When your blood lacks an adequate supply of healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to organs of the body, you may have a condition called anemia. There are hundreds of types of anemia, affecting millions of Americans.
A new study looked at anemia among one group of women to see if there is a link between the condition and nutrition. Researchers with the University of Arizona analyzed data from more than 90,000 post-menopausal women who took part in a Women's Health Initiative study. They found that the women ran a 21 percent greater risk of persistent anemia if they didn't get enough of two of the following: Iron, Folate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, or the nutrients from red meat. Those deficient in at least three of those nutrients were 44 percent more likely to develop anemia than women with no nutritional deficiencies.
The authors point out that inadequate nutrition is a problem that can be solved by eating a better diet, but the study stopped short of saying a better diet actually reduces the risk of anemia.
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