(HealthDay News) -- Anemia occurs when a person has too few red blood cells or insufficient amounts of a vital blood protein called hemoglobin. This means your blood may not be carrying enough oxygen to all parts of your body.
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Some types of anemia are preventable, the National Women's Health Information Center says. It offers these suggestions:
- Eat plenty of iron-rich foods, such as tofu, green and leafy vegetables, lean red meat, lentils, beans and iron-fortified cereals and breads.
- Eat and drink vitamin C-rich foods and drinks.
- Avoid drinking tea or coffee with your meals, as they can affect iron absorption.
- Get enough vitamin B12 and folic acid in your diet.
-- Diana Kohnle
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