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How can I prevent anemia?

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You can help prevent iron-deficiency anemia by eating a well-balanced diet that includes good sources of iron, vitamin B12, and folate. Other tips include:

  • If you are a vegetarian or vegan, ask your doctor or nutritionist if you might need supplements or vitamin C, which helps your body absorb more iron from foods.
  • Drink less caffeinated beverages.
  • Choose iron-fortified cereals and breads.
  • Take precautions if you work with lead-containing materials such as batteries, petroleum, and paint.

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians. The American Medical Athletic Association. Albemarle Pulmonary Medical Associates, PA. Gary W. Tamkin, MD, Attending Physician, Highland General Hospital -- Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland. Cornell University Department of Animal Science. CDC.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians. The American Medical Athletic Association. Albemarle Pulmonary Medical Associates, PA. Gary W. Tamkin, MD, Attending Physician, Highland General Hospital -- Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland. Cornell University Department of Animal Science. CDC.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2019

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