Megaloblastic Anaemia

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What is Megaloblastic Anaemia?

Megaloblastic anaemia is commonly referred to as a blood disorder where there is a lack of red blood cells and they are also abnormally large.

Red blood cells are responsible for transporting oxygen around the body to tissues and organs. However, megaloblastic anaemia causes a lack of these cells and abnormal size meaning that there aren’t enough of them and they are too big to enter the bone marrow to transport the oxygen.

Symptoms of Megaloblastic Anaemia

  • muscle weakness and fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • tingling in hands and feet
  • abnormal paleness of the skin
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • fast heartbeat

This condition can be caused by Vitamin B12 and folate deficiency.

B-12 can be obtained from:

  • eggs
  • chicken
  • cheese
  • fortified cereals (especially bran)
  • red meats (especially beef)
  • milk
  • shellfish and other fish

Folate can be obtained from:

  • oranges
  • broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • peanuts
  • chickpeas and kidney beans
  • lentils
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